Managing Grief Through Art: The Canvas Of Life, Death, And Love With Noemi Beres

WRT 40 | Managing Grief Through Art

  The grief journey is full of streaks of dark and bright colors blended with the wonders of pain, love, and hope. The journey of loss doesn’t have to be dark; it can be a colorful spectrum when we are managing grief through art. In this conversation, Noemi Beres, the co-founder of Podcast Connections, paints us the picture of how her painful journey of loss changed through art. When grief drowns us, other aspects of our lives, like health, slowly deteriorate, so Noemi provides us with some artistic therapeutic mediums for healing. In that place of grief, she shows us hope that we can live life again. If you want to learn more about how art can help your healing process, then this episode is one you won’t want to miss. Walk with Noemi in her journey and see how she casts the colors on the canvas of life, death, and love. Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach. I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.  Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country: — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   Managing Grief Through Art: The Canvas Of Life, Death, And Love With Noemi Beres Hello, Widowhood. Our guest is Miss Noemi Beres. She is the Cofounder of Podcast Connections, but she is also an artist. She is best known for her unique and witty mixed-media hand-sewn collages on canvases made from old photos, postcards, colorful yarn, textiles, and old buttons. She had a group exhibition in Italy and Cyprus. She collects small bits of pieces she finds fascinating and incorporates them into mixed media collages. They usually have a vintage vibe. She sews her memories together. She is happy to discuss how art helps her cope with grief and stress in changing the world. Let’s get into the conversation now.     Noemi, welcome to the show. It’s lovely to be here. Where are you at right now? I am visiting my mom in Hungary in Central Europe, but I usually live in Cyprus. It’s a 2.5 to 3-hour flight from there. Are you there with family or did you go solo? We’re visiting with family. Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. I appreciate that. I wanted to have this conversation for a couple of different reasons and bring you to the Widowhood. One is the business that you do. It can be intriguing for someone as their life has shifted and trying to figure out what to do. People are looking for different things to do. They may want to tell their story. They may want to go on to business for themselves. You have a lot to add to that. Some things you do with the art and then your own personal journey. It would be a good conversation to highlight to the Widowhood. Thank you for being here. Thank you for having me. I’m happy to share my story with you. Let’s hear a little bit of your story. I know you said you live in Cyprus, but where did you grow up? We don’t want to just get to the good part. We want to get to the part of how you became who you are. I was born and raised in Hungary in Central Europe in this small town. I went to high school here and then I went to Budapest, the capital, to finish my studies. I have a Master’s degree in Danish Linguistic History Literature. I’m a linguist by trade. I’m going to celebrate my 20th anniversary when I moved abroad from Hungary. I didn’t live for a long time in Hungary. First, I moved to Ireland. I lived there for seven years, then to Cyprus with my family. It’s been twelve years and counting now. It’s a long time. That’s a lot. You put everything there. I’m not sure which question to ask and where to go. You said you grew up in Hungary. What is this space you’re in now compared to your upbringing? Right now, I am in my childhood room. This was the place where I was doing my studies, my art, dreaming about life, and who I was going to become when I got older. It’s always special to come back home and walk down memory lane. The other day, I was biking. I like to exercise and I love biking too. It’s a very nice flat area where I live so it’s beautiful. I visited my old school. I saw the old places and where I went to when I was a kid. It’s an interesting feeling to come back home. It’s a nice feeling and mixed emotions. I was thinking. We are recording this episode in the room where you grew up, dreaming of who you would become and now you have become. What does that look like to see how the dreams have developed and manifested over time? Also, the struggles of life and complications. How do you feel about that space? It’s so interesting because I remember one summer I visited home. I found one of my diaries or my journals. That was pretty interesting because I didn’t remember that I wrote that down. I wrote that I would love to live in Ireland. I would love to live in that beautiful place because that’s my dream place to be and everything. I completely forgot about that statement that I manifested when I was about 15 or 16. I found this journal and I was amazed. It’s like, “I was living my dream back in Ireland for seven years because that’s what I manifested when I was fifteen.” That was pretty interesting. Despite the fact that I went through a lot of trauma …

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