Your grief story is one of kind. It’s unique to you, your relationship with the person who has died, how you learn to live with your grief, and how you carry your loved one with you into the future. This course is specifically designed to help you tell your grief story by focusing on you, your deceased loved ones, and the ways in which you continue to honor, love and remember them.
General concepts covered in this course will include: How to explore, express, and communicate your emotions and experiences using photography; Ideas and inspiration for photographing grief; Photography tools and tips.
Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in using photography as a creative outlet for coping with grief. All skill levels are welcome.
Participants should have access to a computer with Internet connection and camera of any kind. A digital camera with manual settings will allow you more flexibility, however, you can create some pretty great images with a smartphone or point and shoot camera.
More about this course…
Is photography really considered “coping”?
Yes, absolutely. Coping comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be big – like taking the initiative to see a therapist – and it can be small – like exercising for 30 minutes a day or journaling for 10 minutes every night. We love photography as a grief coping tool because it’s a versatile medium that can be healing in many different ways. Consider the following:
- Photography provides a respite from grief.
- Photography can be used to explore and express emotion.
- Photographing symbols and reminders of deceased loved ones can help maintain closeness.
- Photography keeps memories alive.
- Photography can capture symbols of hope and strength.
What kind of camera do I need?
All you need is a camera, it doesn’t matter what kind. A digital camera with manual settings will allow for more flexibility, however, you can create some pretty great images with a smartphone and apps like VSCOcam, Instagram, and a handful of others. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to take the digital camera/Photoshop plunge, we’ll introduce a few apps and programs that can help create images and won’t break the bank.
Who are the course instructors?
The course instructors are Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, founders of What’s Your Grief, PhotoGrief, and Grief in Six Words. Both Litsa and Eleanor have experience with photography and have written extensively on the topic of using photography to explore grief. They are mental health professionals who collectively have nearly twenty years of experience working in grief and loss. If you want to get a feel for their work please check out PhotoGrief, What’s Your Grief on Instagram, or Eleanor Haley’s ‘Mother Daughter Life’
How does this course work?
This course is self-guided which means it is up to the participant to “guide” themselves through. They decide when to log on, when to read lessons, and when to complete assignments. We’ll check in via email and provide participants with some guidance on how to pace the course. However, participants are ultimately free to move from lesson to lesson at their own discretion.