Collective grief in history can bring inspiration later in the forms of music and art. The symbolism found within the art and music can bring forth masterpieces that define human culture. In ways, art can immortalize grief, freezing it in time for future generations to understand.
The article, “The art of processing our collective grief” by Oscar Holland looks at art and a museum in New York that looks how grief is being immortalized. He states,
“Whether portraying others’ grief or revealing their own, artists are often able tap into something universal. One need not be Christian to feel Mary’s anguish in Renaissance depictions of Christ’s crucifixion; one need not have lived through the Spanish Civil War to feel the harrowing abyss at the heart of Picasso’s “Guernica” (pictured above). The torment of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is clear to all.”
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On a smaller scale, others can utilize art to express their grief. Artwork, writing, and music are excellent ways for the right side of the brain to process grief through symbol and expression. It can also help one understand deeper the grief they are experiencing and allow an outlet to express it.
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.