As amazing as it sounds, bereavement does have a bright side. It is the "sweet" in the bittersweet journey of grief. A nationwide niche of artists who know how to bring it out and celebrate the life of a loved one can be found at BereavementArtists.com -- a non-profit directory of artists who specialize in custom bereavement work. From quilts, collages, portraits, jewelry, urns and more, the purpose of the site is to connect anyone, anywhere, to a desired art form and artist that speaks to their taste, need, and budget.
Likewise, the bereavement artists' goal is to convey the joyful memories and essence of a loved one in a lasting, tangible way, via the healing process of custom art creation. Anita Larson, one of three artists who put their hearts and energy into launching BereavementArtists.com, explains: "We are a community of artists who really enjoy working with the bereaved and who have a special gift. It's not grim for us; it's about lifting spirits up."
In this video clip, Anita introduces the site and showcases some of the artists' work:
Many bereavement artists were called to their work by experiencing their own loss of a child, parent or close companion. Many came to bereavement service in other extraordinary ways. Custom bereavement art has evolved even further with some artists focusing on buoying those facing life-and-death battles such as cancer.
BereavementArtists.com provides a platform to help bring enlightenment and comfort to grievers, their extended family and friends, with a fresh new perspective wrought from the artists' unique experience and creative genius. "Clients smile and hug me when they see their piece," says co-founder Gina Klawitter. "We even have a few laughs along the way. They delight in sharing their loved one's art with others. Tender, joyful stories are relayed."
You'll find Bereavement Artists on Facebook. For contact information and more, visit their Web site, www.BereavementArtists.com or send an e-mail to info@BereavementArtists.com
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