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Art therapy: A Grieving Process “and death will be no more”

1482 Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart Death Will Be No MoreDEATH:(running~yelling) Oh No!
Right Boot: (kicking Death butt) I am going to KICK your Butt!
Left Boot: (About to Kick Deaths Butt) GRRRrrrrrr!
Caption:  (Bible verse of Revelation Chapter 21, Verse 4:) Revelation 21:4 ~ “…and death will be no more,…” 
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DEATH

 Death & Taxes | Death Penalty |Brush with Death | Flirting With Death | PLAY With DEATH

 

Death of a Social Media Friend: Is There a Different Grieving Process?

On the 17th, a regular Mental Health Humor reader and Facebook Friend died.  You’re never really sure how close you are to your social media friends, ya they “like” a post and “share” or comment your stuff. Adam was different. He always liked/shared/commented/even our right e-mail me on my “ALL” blog posts.  Even commenting on my October 17th post on “Ebola Virus Hysteria What To Do Unequivocally To Survive!”.  Let me share a comment with you that keeps me doing, keeps me drawing the Mental Health Humor Cartoons, he said,

Adam R. O’Connor You are so good at what you do! Keep up the great work! Your cartoons bring a smile to my face every time I see one!”

The other night while talking to my nine year old as we made dinner- it’s our thing – when making dinner, we read over Biblical literature to practice reading.  The subject of Adam’s death came up.  She, obviously, overheard the conversation my wife and I had and she had questions. The Bible scripture in the cartoon has given me comfort, and we read it. That’s what she wanted to draw…a cartoon about it… This is totally her concept, a nine-year-old’s concept of “Death” its butt kicked. Drawing it with her was a joy, and comforting as part of a grieving process.

As I mentioned in the beginning, you really don’t realize how much this friend (in your social media) appreciates/means till the comments on your blog posts stop! I have hope for Adam, let me share a little of what comforts me.

Do You Long to Live in a World Where Pain, Suffering, and Death are No More?

Can you imagine living without emotional stress or pain? How about not suffering with the psychological ailments that afflict millions of people today, whether it’s schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression? Could you imagine a time when that suffering is done? How about not living with physical pain and suffering and ultimately death, could you imagine a time no one got sick mentally or physically?… How about a time when no one died? Yet research shows, that we humans use a small percentage of our brains. I think the smartest among the human race was clocked in around two or 3%. Our brain is limitless and we barely tap into a miniscule amount of brain potential, and look at the accomplishments that small amount of usage has led to… Industrialization, flying machines, space travel, the Internet, technology in the scientific fields and in medicine. It came from the small use of our brain cells. Someone had to think of it all, and still just using less than 3% of brain capacity.

Live Long And Process.

Trees: there are some types of trees out there that live thousands of years. Turtles: some species of sea turtles live 150 years. The Bowhead Whale average life span is over 200 years. We only live 70 to 80 years. If we are lucky, we might make it to 100. However, by then, we may not be using that 3 or 5 % of our brain at all.

The Bible text quoted refers to a time “when death will be no more”, a time when no one will die and that the pain and suffering will be done away from the earth. We will live in Peace and harmony man and beast and be able to use our full potential and capacity of our brains. Disease, hunger, famine, pestilence and even death will be done away with. Mankind will be ushered into a new theocracy living in peace without suffering mentally or psychologically. More importantly, those we’ve lost to death the Scripture says “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,” (John 5:28).

Art therapy: A Grieving Process:

Okay, let me step off my soapbox, set the Bible down, stop preaching for a moment. The truth is, religion aside, this was more grieving with art therapy.  Yes after Adam’s passing… I was anxious and nervous and the last thing I wanted to hear was that his illness finally caught up to him. I did not want to hear the word “suicide.”  Especially since, I was one of the last people he communicated with that day. While this sounds twisted, I’m happy to report: he died of natural causes.  Pretty sad that we have to say/define “cause of death” when any mental health issues could be involved.

Drawing the cartoon with my little Belly brought me comfort during this grief process. The above-cartoon was drawn with the help of one of my youngest girl, Belly, her age is 9. We were talking about the subject of “death.” During our Bible study together, she wanted to draw her own cartoon about it first (see below). Here is her version – before I fleshed-out the idea a bit with the above-cartoon.

My heart goes out to Adam O’Connor and His Family during this time of pain and sorrow. To them: i share one last Bible verse that has helped me over the years:

for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life”

Yes, a resurrection not to hell not to heaven…a resurrection to a clean restored earth without suffering, pain or sickness. That is my hope…”and death will be no more.Rest In Peace Adam.

Death will be no more Belly age 9

 

Art therapy: A Grieving Process “and death will be no more”


Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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Stewart, C. (2014). Art therapy: A Grieving Process “and death will be no more”. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2014/10/art-therapy-a-grieving-process-and-death-will-be-no-more/

 

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