Grieving In Light

Synonyms: making things, adding, making changes, improving, making a difference, making an impact. 1. To make (something) better or something completely new. “The next time you’ll have a chance to do it, you need to work on your mental game.” 2. To do (something) in a specific, planned, and exact way.


Grieve the loss of loved ones and create meaning-making through remembrance, reflection, and mourning. Grieve the loss of life and create meaning-making through memorials, remembrances, and compassion. Create meaning through service, compassion, and service.

In grief, grievers turn inward, focusing on their past. This can prevent them from fully accessing present-day joys and happiness. Grieves often feel hopeless and empty. Acknowledging and honoring our grief is one of the most effective means of creating meaning-making. Psychotherapists, counselors, and teachers often help clients explore their grief and provide resources that promote meaning-making strategies.

Psychotherapists often use the example of a client who has had a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one, as an opportunity to demonstrate how grief works. The example serves to demonstrate how grief works and then the client is encouraged to engage in some sort of meaningful Meaning-making. This allows the griever to take control of his or her experience and create meaning-making strategies on its own. When the client actively engages in meaning-making, the therapist often provides additional resources that facilitate this process.

Teachers can teach students how to effectively work through troubled times by having them practice ‘meaning making’ with family members, friends, and peers. Teachers also can practice ‘meaning making’ by making plans for students to create meaning-making strategies on their own. This practice helps students learn how to work cooperatively with others to address problems. Teachers also can practice ‘meaning making’ by helping their students discover their personal wisdom and developing their capacity to share this wisdom with others. These practices can enrich students’ lives and help them grow as individuals.

By offering appropriate and meaningful ways to make meaning-making practices, the therapist invites the client to be more self-aware. The client learns how to appropriately express grief and gives the therapist assistance in creating meaning-making processes in his or her life. The client also learns how to effectively express love and compassion for those in pain. Finally, grieving effectively strengthens the client’s self-empowerment and self-love.

Grief recovery does not have to involve complicated talk about past grief experiences. In fact, sharing about your childhood experiences is one of the first steps to grief healing. It does not matter if you only grieve alone or with a group of children. In either case, it is imperative that teachers help children grieve. For example, teachers should encourage their students to talk about the death of a friend or family member to other students, even if the child does not want to bring up the subject.

Students who participate in art therapy learn to control their emotions and focus on building healthy relationships. The art therapists help the students figure out what they really want out of life and then set goals and support clients to achieve those goals. The art therapist supports the clients in working through difficult times and helping them find strength within themselves. Finally, art therapists offer students a safe place to work through difficult emotional moments and to learn how to handle future loss and grief.