The Support Group
Photos by The Style Crone
The SC has been a member of a hospice creative arts grief support group for the past four weeks, with two weeks to go. Each week we are asked to express our grief through a different art modality. It has been extremely helpful to be amidst others who have recently lost loved ones, and to provide and receive support within an empathetic and facilitated setting. Last week we were asked to visualize and visit a location that felt safe, a place where we could communicate with the person that we had lost, and then to create that setting on/in a box that had a very familiar shape to someone who lives in ‘hat world.’ The hat room was my chosen space, where I feel the most comfortable, and accessing this room is not dependent on weather, travel or time of day. Art supplies were provided and miraculously I discovered rose pink yarn that was similar to the color of the 40’s fringe trimmed chair that resides in the hat room. I found myself wrapping the yarn around the box and magically it all came together for me without conscious thought. How fortunate for The SC that a leopard print ribbon screamed out for attention from the shelves of supplies. Available feathers quickly became hats and plastic fruit the trim for the tiny chapeaux. I added the vintage orange silk flower at home following the group, and quickly filled the box with small momentos that previously didn’t have a home. The box sits on the rose pink chair, providing comfort and inviting me to visit and to communicate with Nelson, in my mind’s eye, at any time, day or night. The SC is grateful for this gift!