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Grief and Touch Drawing

I am now using TD to support me through the grief of separating from my husband after 30 years. I hope this group will be a place for anyone to share and discuss how TD and grieving has touched her/his life in anyway or has an interesti this topic.

Members: 9
Latest Activity: Feb 23, 2011

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For Shame? 4 Replies

Started by Amanda Koh. Last reply by Deborah Koff-Chapin Feb 25, 2009.

Deeper Than Words

Started by Tanya M. Lewis Jan 6, 2009.

touching when you're not drawing 1 Reply

Started by Mary Barrett. Last reply by Jan Thompson Jan 30, 2008.

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Comment by Deborah Koff-Chapin on February 23, 2011 at 2:01am
Claudia and Tanya, I am glad the two of you connected here....
Comment by Tanya M. Lewis on February 6, 2011 at 11:12am

Hi Claudia - It's true that this group hasn't received any recent posts, but Mary who initially created the group, also realized it's importance and left it in tact for us to continue.

Grief is never any easy process, but I too find that TD helps to cope with all of the emotions. When emersed completely in the process, it feels as if I can venture, uninhibited into the various chambers of my heart...and fully experience what I encounter there. Small, indications and figures of my son, often emerge tucked securely within my drawings. When this occurs, it never fails to stir emotion and bring a smile to my face. And I'm certain, that similar to your husband, he just wanted to assure me of his presence.


I was fortunate enough to attend the TD retreat in Rowe in 2007 and it was an extraordinary experience. The entire TD process is extremely healing, I urge you to stay with it and continue to discover the peace often derived therein.

Comment by Claudia Coenen on February 3, 2011 at 6:53pm

This group appears to be inactive, yet Tough Drawing for Grief work is very healing. Even I, Miss "I can't Draw" found it connected me to my grief and lifted me out of it. 


Whenever I open to the TD process, I close my eyes and draw a face, only to open my eyes and find my husband staring up at me.  He showed up again last weekend at Rowe Conference Center; guess he just wanted to say hello.

Comment by Mary Barrett on March 6, 2009 at 8:06am
Hi - I realize that this group might be important for some and who am I anyway to close it!!! What I'll do is turn it over to whoever would like to be the head honcho or whatever. Good Luck
Comment by Mary Barrett on February 22, 2009 at 7:57pm
Hi, whoever may be out there! I think I will close out the group unless someone else wants to sponser it. I'll leave this up here for awhile.
Comment by Mary Barrett on January 7, 2009 at 9:21am
Deeper Than Words - this is a true. I find that TD dips into and then submerges down under the watery well of our core selves and rises up with needed images about who we are - the designs of the inner liquid movement, the tides and currents that are continuously describing the light and shadow of our life,heart and soul.

In my work for the past two years I've found words emerging! These are words that have to be written. They accompany images and my moving body as I draw. I write them backwards so they can be read from the other side. These are gut words, hard, soft, fiery and wet. A wounded child, a wounded lover, a wounded wife.
I was just emailing someone and wrote that TD has been important with my anger and grief. Why have I not come here to talk about this? I am so happy that while I've been "gone" others have come to the group. For a long while I felt alone here. That's why left.

I'm going to a workshop in which horse-human communication supports the work we will do on life transition and the choices, creativity and grace necessary to find our personal movement through it. I am so very excited without putting expectations on it. Which is hard for me.
I will be bring TD tools, of course!

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