Welcome back to Restorative Grief with Mandy Capehart. You are listening to episode 38 titled The Art of Grieving with Preston Zeller. Preston is an artist with accomplishments across multiple mediums, including film, photography, music, and fine art. Following the death of his brother in 2019, Preston set out to paint for a year straight to process his own grief and share the experience along the way to stir conversation about how we deal with grief in society. The 365 paintings, which create a 10’x20’ mosaic, are the subject of a feature-length documentary entitled, “The Art of Grieving”. The documentary is set for release in Summer 2022. Preston now helps others through grief by creating commemorative paintings using the ashes of a loved one. His goal is to normalize grief conversations in culture and proliferate healthy ways of dealing with grief. The result? Preston learned how to integrate his loss into healing through his own unique sense of self. I can’t wait for you to hear this conversation!
Thank you for listening to episode 38 of Restorative Grief. I hope you gained as much encouragement about creative ways to process our grief as I did. I love the big question about what we’re doing as a collective culture in the West about grief, and what we can do better. It’s the whole reason I came into grief work. Connecting with other humans willing to do this vulnerable work in a way that impacts and inspires others is bringing the very grief literacy we lack to the table. Loss isn’t something we have to navigate alone.
If this is your first time listening to Restorative Grief, I want to thank you for making space in your day to reflect on such a difficult topic. I hope you’ll choose to subscribe and leave a review, because reviews help our audience find us! And before you go, I hope you’ll keep in mind that whatever creative way you move through loss is meaningful when it means something to you.
One last thing – please remember, the only solution for grief is to do the work of grieving. Thanks for listening. I’ll see you next week.
Links + Resources from this episode:
- All of the links for Preston’s work can be found here: Connect with Preston!
- Join The Restorative Grief Project, a private online grief coaching community
- Listen to this episode of Restorative Grief with Mandy Capehart on Spotify
- Snag a copy of my book, Restorative Grief
- Connect with me on Twitter or Instagram @MandyCapehart