chapter  23
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Grief and Expressive Arts Therapy: Barbara E. Thompson and Joy S. Berger

O n this given day and at this moment, mourners are gathered at vigils, deathbeds, wakes, and funerals throughout the world. The bereaved are giving expression to the meaning of the deceased person’s physical absence and ongoing presence in their lives through acts of remembrance. The words, images, stories, music, cultural adornments, and movements these mourners select reenact rituals from their past attachments and losses, yet with a new impact and interpretation for this loss. Sights, sounds, touch, and tone can reveal veiled emotions and can tap into otherwise inaudible questions about living and dying (Berger, 2006).