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Coping with loss through art during the holidays

Shenandoah Art Therapy in Staunton is encouraging those who are struggling with managing grief to share their emotions through art.
Shenandoah Art Therapy in Staunton is encouraging those who are struggling with managing grief to share their emotions through art.(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 22, 2016 at 7:34 AM EST
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With the holidays comes joy, but, for many, it can also bring a touch of sadness.

For those who have lost a loved one, this time of the year can be especially difficult.

In order to prevent future harm to yourself or those around you, experts suggest that you let your emotions out rather than bottle them up.

Locally, Shenandoah Art Therapy in Staunton is encouraging those who are struggling with managing grief to share their emotions through art.

Shenandoah Art Therapy is made up of two art therapists, founder Laura Tuomisto and Monika Burholder, who guide people through bereavement by allowing them to express themselves in nonverbal ways. This can be done through drawing, painting, sculpting or writing.

Burkholder said this form of therapy gives those who are in pain a chance to share their emotions without having to consciously think about how they feel.

"Sometimes it can be hard to have all of the words before you know exactly what's going on or are trying to process something," said Burkholder. "So we use the art as a way to communicate that and to work with it and to find healing from it."

Burkholder added that there are many activities people can do at home to find peace, including writing in a journal, drawing a picture or writing a letter to your loved one.

If you would like to seek professional help, you can check out Shenandoah Art Therapy through the link posted in the 'Related Links' section.

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