By Diane Waller, Caryl Sibbett
A consultant to melanoma remedy aid via paintings remedy artwork remedy comprises utilizing artwork production to liberate feelings felt through sufferers ache life-threatening illnesses. This booklet presents new theoretical insights into the price of artwork remedy for melanoma victims.
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2 Art therapy and cancer care The following brief discussion is about dying, or, more correctly, it is about one aspect of it. It is about the social acts of engagement and disengagement that occur during the last moments of people’s lives. And it is also about some of the wider issues which are embedded in those final moments. I am not an expert on the subject, or even a specialist, and I am not even sure if there is such, but I have witnessed many deaths, of friends and family and as part of my work with elderly dementia sufferers, and, despite what the textbooks say about grieving, every dying performance is particular and different.
In cancer experiences ‘acute liminality’ can involve a ‘discontinuity of subjective time’ (Little et al. 1998: 1492) and a sense of timelessness (Dreifuss-Kattan 1994: 126). Yet paradoxically survivors can be ‘acutely aware of time’, divide their lives into ‘the time before and after cancer’ and regard time as ‘precious’ (Halvorson-Boyd and Hunter 1995: 152–3). Turner (1982: 55–9) suggests that in liminality there can be an experience of ‘flow’ (Csikszentmihalyi 2002) or timeless absorption in the moment.
Our mind works in pictures, not words, and we grapple to express the inexpressible. We are with them, trying against the odds to hold on, to let go, and to carry some of the pain, to seek relief and release. At some point in our disorganized thoughts we feel the disengagement, as if losing the grip of someone drowning. To be near someone who is dying almost inevitably causes us at some point to reflect on our own mortality, and this ‘empathy’ can occasionally alarm us; our feelings about the dying and death fluctuate between ourselves and the dying person.
Art Therapy and Cancer Care (Facing Death) by Diane Waller, Caryl Sibbett