January 14th, 2011
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The human heart is an amazing organ. We fall in love, break up, and then perhaps fall in love over and over again, testing the resiliance of our courageous hearts.  Somehow, throughout our lives, we ride this emotional rollercoaster and our hearts manage to survive and keep on beating.  When a relationship doesn’t work out, we are sad but eventually we pick ourselves up and carry on until we meet the next person who catches our fancy.
But when your loved one dies, it truly feels as though you heart has broken into a million pieces and the first thing you want to do is shut it down forever . . . because you never want to feel that kind of pain ever again.  You don’t want to be vulnerable to feelings so intense you feel like you might die yourself.  Then slowly, you do begin to heal, and you begin to realize that life is about learning to trust your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness and appreciating the incredible memories that you made with your loved one.
In the face of loss, it is even more important to keep your heart open to love.  For love is what brings excitement into our lives.


Being Open To Love/Valentine Workshop — Art Therapy @ Sibley Hospital

WHY: Art Therapy is a conduit to express one’s feelings and can facilitate communication and healing.  One’s art can say things that one cannot or will not verbalize.

WHEN: Monday, February 14, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

WHO: Art Therapist Erin Brindle will lead you through art exercises.  No artistic talent is required.  All materials will be provided.

WHERE: Sibley Hospital, Renaissance Building, Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC

COST: Free

REGISTRATION:  Contact Julie Potter at  202-364-7602  or jpotter@sibley.org


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