Grief and the Artist Archetype

He died too young — my friend Hutch was only 57. Cancer overcame his body and love took his spirit. I grieve with his family. Hutch was an artist and photographer. He could capture a moment in time and take the viewer to a different world, a world far beyond the five senses.  Each time he would share a photo with friends and family we would say, “How did he get that shot?” or “My gosh this guy is talented!” His joy was to share his gifts freely without monetary charge. Hutch’s pictures not only transported his spirit to the divine, but he took you with him through his lenses, his perspective, his love for life. That’s what artists do. This is the archetype of the artist. Artists heal souls by touching hearts and minds with their perception of beauty.

What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller

My friend’s death caused me to grieve a great soul. The comfort of his art and my own use of essential oils helps me now. When we grieve we look for things to fill us up because we feel an emptiness in our heart and gut. Our stomach can ache, our heart can hurt, and our breath seems like it is used only for sighs and sobs. I am a griever. Perhaps that’s why hospice has appealed to me as a nurse — helping the dying became my calling.

Sadness and anger coupled with deep emotional pain can affect all of us at times. We are human, and that is ok. One choice you can make in times of grief is using personally blended essential oils. They bring a sacredness and reverence for life and restoration. Rose Otto, the most expensive essential oil from Bulgaria, is my favorite choice for grief and sadness.  Geranium is another helpful oil, as are Frankincense and Spikenard. My personal grief blend contains Sandalwood, Spikenard, Geranium, and Grapefruit in a 2% dilution in sunflower oil with a tablespoon of vitamin E as an antioxidant. I rub a small amount on my gut and heart. Try this and chances are you will notice a difference in your emotions immediately (Always remember to dilute your essential oils in a vegetable oil before using on your skin.)

It is important to grieve fully to help heal during the painful contractions of loss. Essential oil blends can lift your spirits and help with the emotional pain that comes with grief. Having the honor of helping the dying and their families with essential oils has taught me the value of this choice of comfort. My friend’s death has affirmed this experience for me personally and professionally. May you comfort yourself with healthy choices as you grieve and cope with the losses in your life. May grief and joy be mixed into your spirit with a little help with essential oils, and much support and love from your friends and family. You all remain in my prayers as we walk the healing journey of grief to peace.

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. – Pierre Auguste Renoir

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