The Grief Deck: Rituals, Meditations, and Tools for Moving through Loss
The Grief Deck
A set of 60 medium format ‘flashcards’ that are individually designed by artists, sometimes in collaboration with grief workers. One side displays an original artwork, created by artists from around the world responding to our open call, and on the reverse is a ‘grieving prompt.’ These are memorial and processual actions that give the individual something to do – a gesture, a tiny performance, a movement, an act of mindfulness – in memoriam for someone or something whose loss they are grieving.
Everyone faces grief in their own way, and in their own time. The Grief Deck provides accessible entry points to meet you where you are in that process, and activities to guide you forward. The sixty beautiful cards in this deck include meditations for reconnecting with your body and senses and taking moments to reflect in nature; prompts to help you address anxiety, hold a vigil, or create rituals of remembrance; and guidance on finding time for intentional rest and developing daily routines. These activities—each one paired with artwork for reflection—can be explored in any order, at any time as needed.
Although each person's journey is unique, this interactive deck will help you constructively address grief in daily life, a little bit at a time.
About the Deck
The Artists’ Grief Deck is a project of the Artists’ Literacies Institute (producer) and Adriene Jenik (creative producer), and was made possible by The Ohio’s Hospice/ National Hospice Cooperative (executive producer), Daniel Abary (Deck and Web Design), the artists and grief workers who contributed their talent and wisdom, and all Kickstarter donors.