Woman turns grief into art to help others

When other people who had also suffered grief saw the work, they were touched.

They would break down, she said.

A publisher from Quality of Life Publishing of Naples, Fla., saw the exhibit and told her that if she wrote a book, they would publish it. The book, Here to There, Grief to Peace: An Illustrated Journey in Nine Guided Steps, is based on background notes she had written for other counselors to use with the pictures. The book includes cards depicting her paintings.

Her workshop is for people experiencing grief, but hospice workers, social workers, funeral directors, counselors and any other professionals who work with the grieving and are looking for a new approach also would benefit.

The thing is, at the end of every stage they have questions they ask themselves, she said.

As they do, it helps them keep moving toward the goal of peace, but it is not a linear journey. Grief keeps people bouncing around from one stage to another.

There are always new things gumming up your life, but if you have surmounted a life-changing tragedy, it gives you so much, Jacks said. No one wants to be a martyr, This is why you want to survive a tragedy well. You go through the fire and come out your own hero.

If you are interested in learning more about the workshop or would like to attend, go to www.highpeakshospice.com/grieftopeace.htm or call 518-891-9631. Registration is $35 ($25 for students) and includes the workshop, workbook, lunch and a copy of Dr. Jacks book Here to There, Grief to Peace: An Illustrated Journey in Nine Guided Steps. Registration must be made by Oct. 20. The workshop is open to all.

Grief Workshop
WHO: Dr. Diana Jacks
WHERE: Hilton Lake Placid Resort in Lake Placid, New York
WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5
TO REGISTER: 518-891-9631 or www.highpeakshospice.com/grieftopeace

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