Dealing with grief is an area I don't consult in. Yet, all artists must deal with grief at one point in time. I just don't feel equipped to give advice in this area. (I will say, however, that acupuncture provided fast healing during the only time I experienced debilitating grief.) So, I’m turning it over to you, wise souls, in hopes that our collected wisdom can help someone.
Image ©Dianne Poinski, Reaching
Read this email that came to me.
Recently I’ve taken on a big exciting art project which was really gaining momentum — and then, well, life got in the way.
My mother suddenly got very ill and I had to drop everything to go be with her.
Within a week she passed away and I’ve just gotten back home after the wake, funeral etc.
My siblings have “regular” jobs which they are returning to but I’m feeling overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to pick up the pieces of my self-employed artist life.
Part of me thinks “getting back into the swing of things” would be a good distraction but it all feels like too much. I’m overdue for updating my blog, client newsletters, etc. The press is calling me for interviews, which is great, but I’m not sure I can face any of that right now.
Do you have any advice on how to handle this? Do I just pretend everything is fine and dandy? I know in time it probably will be. My big project is so deadline dependent that I can’t decide if I should just ditch it all — but that would make me feel even worse, I think.
I know grieving takes time but I feel like if I had a plan I would do better…
What advice would you give?