Recently I've been riding a roller coaster of emotions. My Gran (my Dad's mum) died ten days ago. I've spent huge amounts of time lost in memories, considering her story & how it intermingled with others. On Mother's Day I was by the sea (photo above taken then) and remembered how she spent over half her life living by the coast but died landlocked in London. I on the other hand spent my childhood landlocked in the East Midlands always craving to live nearer the coast, as I do now. Smells, phrases, people and all manner of irrelevant details have sparked memories that play a part in our interwoven life stories.
I've been trying to cope with grief & some troublesome health issues by trying to keep involved in creative activity as per my plan. I've written poems, anecdotes & journaled my heart out. I've also continued to create pages in my new art journal. Below is one such page:
Tomorrow is my Gran's funeral & I'm sad that I'm not well enough to travel the more than 300 miles to be there. I agonised over this frustrating situation. But now I plan to spend the day in quiet contemplation & creativity dedicated to my Gran. I'm going to go through old photos & create scrapbook pages. I shall write in my journal & work on some of the memory poetry I've started.
Stories are interwoven into every part of our lives. Creative activities can help us face and express our emotions. The more I make creativity my healing practice the more I realise its importance to my well being.