Bereavement Blog: Bloom

Bereavement Blog: Bloom



Struggling with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Don’t go the journey alone, others can help through this great time of need. You can learn how to manage the stressors of loss through the creative arts process. This is a blog of that creative journey. This month, a repotted orchid in group, bloomed for the first time in its' new pot. The following is a snippet of group poetry discussion therein.


Switch Back Trains:

Is there a middle between joy and grief?

How do you know it?

How do you travel that path?



I once had a vision of a bear


Watching me come undone


On the kitchen floor.


I try to make the best of it-


One string at a time


It’s really freeing to not care

What I’m going to look like

In my heart


I wasn’t allowed to make mistakes

They weren’t allowed to make mistakes either

Burning strands melting into-


There’s a lot of loose ends in my heart

Do they unravel on string at a time?

No, I’ve tied them really tight.


The heart is tricky

Sometimes the yarn is broken

and that’s Ok.

Bereavement group is a free non-discriminatory community support group for all ages which meets weekly to support each other through the process of loss. It is co facilitated by Ben Fox LCMHC and Jess Stout MSW. It is a confidential safe space which meets in the ArtisTree Farmhouse in South Pomfret,  Vermont. No artistic skills are required. All images/statements below have permission to be viewed/printed here only.  For more information, please contact Ben Fox LCMHC at 802 779 1524 or


 Thank you to all who take the time to share their process above. This blog was created in response to your request to be able to share your healing process with those who are unable to be present. I thank you and your families for your support and overwhelming kindness. - BWF




Ben Fox is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the state of Vermont, an Expressive Art Therapist, & an Community Minister associated with the North Universalist Chapel Society of Woodstock, VT