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Sun Flower Mandala

Posted on Oct 08, 2017 by tayo  | Tags: ecopsychology, Change the World Kids, bereavement support  | Comments (0)


Notes from the ecopsychological expressive art work-bench: Sun Flower Mandala        

Struggling with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. This is a blog about the journey learning how to manage the stressors of loss through the creative arts together

While group is a confidential space, there are occasions when participants collectively agree to make a particular creation or expression public.  There can be value in communicating certain things at certain times.

This is one of those cases given recent disturbing news events.  It was suggested to take a saunter outside to check in with sunflowers sown last spring in the community food justice garden (thanks to Change the World Kids photo below) in attempt to integrate the feelings therein.



This is what occurred thence forth. Photography & group poetry suffice to document a temporary group horticulture sculpture installation: 

Here stands a salute to all

we love


we are making life out of death



soil connects life and death 



the pure power of sun and circles


we’re surrendering, to rest 


and create together 


to communicate with the heavens 



Thank you to all who take the time to share their process above. This blog was created in response to your request to be able to share your healing process with those who are unable to be present. I thank you and your families for your support and overwhelming kindness. All photographs by Ben Fox and may not be reprinted without written permission.- BWF 


Ben Fox LCMHC intermodal ecopsychological expressive art therapist & art educator at


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