Author Archives: Kara Jones

No universal way through grief…

The Crafting of Grief book is one of our prescribed readings in the Studio’s Certification Course, and we cherish it because Hedtke and Winslade thoroughly come from a place of knowing that there is no universal way nor prefabricated model that will fit us all. To read our article about abandoning recipes for grieving, click […]

Pioneering Scriptotherapy in Nigeria: A Conversation With Joseph Mayaki

Here at the Studio We have alumni who’ve joined our past classes from Finland, Belgium, United Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa. And yet, the majority of our alumni hail from the USA and Canada. Knowing that grief is strongly influenced by the meaning-making in one’s culture and society, we’re always excited […]

Kevin Young on writing and grief…

Kevin Young put together this beautiful collection of poetry exploring grief and loss after having his own personal grief experiences. We find so much of this work to be poignant, getting to the heART of the matter creatively, exploring grief using the metaphor of writing. Check your local library or bookshop to get your hands […]

Abandoning prescriptions and recipes for grieving

Often we hear from our clients that they expect – or have been told that – there is some particular way or method for “healing” or “getting better” or “finding closure.” Maybe they’ve picked up this idea of “one right way” from the way that grief is talked about in popular media and those trite […]

Writing as a creative grief support medium

“In a way, the process of grief, I have found, can mirror that of writing: it is surprising, trying, frustrating, daunting, terrifying, comforting, chastening, challenging, and at times, heartening; grief can provide fellowship with others interested in the experience; it brings out the best in us, and at times the worst, if only because it […]

Holiday How-To Kit: Re-member-ing with Cookie Cutters this season and any season!

To get your printable PDF kit version of this activity, click here! To see more detail step-by-step from Kara’s How-To, scroll thru post below: We have collected way too many cookie cutters over the years. Upon realizing I had a huge basket full of them, I decided to do this year’s kit to show you […]

Holiday How-To Kit: Remembering with light and love…making memory with mason jars!

To get your high resolution PDF kit version of this activity, click here! To see detailed step-by-step tutorial of this activity, scroll below to see entire post: I like taping my stencils to the jars before painting so that I can be hands free to hold the jar in place and paint. Otherwise the stencil […]

Holiday How-To Kit: air clay for ornaments, gift tags, garland, or memory stars

Welcome, welcome!! This year’s holiday how-to turned out to be so much more versatile than I thought it would be, lovies. Wait till you see all the different directions you can go with these little sparkly, cinnamon charmers. If you’d like the printable PDF of this kit, click here. To see detailed step-by-step tutorial on […]