I joined Teresa’s workshop “Healing Grief Through the Lens of Love” feeling like I already understood the topic but still looked forward to it. I was so taken with Teresa as a person and a presenter from the start to finish. I found it very moving and helpful as it brought clarity to my feelings about the loss of my brother and the grief I’ve carried with me for over 25 years.
I thought I understood unconditional love as a parent and artist who centers my art around grief that I share with the public. I realized at Teresa’s workshop that I had not included myself inside of that. How could that be? As I listened to Teresa and the group that day as they shared their feelings I started to understand that the grief that I had been dealing with for years was holding me back from understanding unconditional love of oneself. I kept my grief in check by giving outwardly through my art and opening it to the public.
Teresa’s workshop help me realize that until I was prepared to allow myself the same unconditional love that my brother shared with me I couldn’t move forward. What I realized was this came from within him as he shared his love of life that came from his own understanding of self love.
I felt for the first time in 25 years I can now look at grief and grow inwardly while allowing myself to embrace my own feelings of love for family, friends and most of all myself. Thank you Teresa. You’ve truly helped relieve me of some of the weight of loss that I carried with me for a quarter of a century.