Art Therapy and Cancer Care (Facing Death) by Diane Waller, Caryl Sibbett

By Diane Waller, Caryl Sibbett

A consultant to melanoma therapy aid via artwork treatment artwork remedy comprises utilizing paintings construction to unencumber feelings felt via sufferers ache life-threatening ailments. This booklet presents new theoretical insights into the price of paintings treatment for melanoma victims.

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But in extraordinary circumstances, for example when someone is dying, the questioning might dig deeper and activate different levels of discourse. It is at these points that ordinary language fails, and that we discover the poverty of our current vocabulary and terminology to express our deeper feelings about ourselves and our mortality. And if language shapes our thinking, as some psychological theories suggest, then it is necessary to examine the forces and influences that have reshaped human consciousness to understand why a void at this level of human interaction has become the tolerated norm.

It can promote the expression of emotion and reduce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness (Hiltebrand 1999). Turner (1982: 26) describes how liminal persons undergo a ‘leveling’ process which can feature symbols of effacement such as being ‘stripped of names and clothing’, ‘eating or not eating specific foods’, ‘wearing of uniform clothing, sometimes irrespective of sex’. Some clients told me of 22 Art therapy and cancer care difficulties encountered with restrictive hospital food and of self-chosen diets outside hospital selected to try to promote health.

One category features ‘crisis heterotopias’ which are ‘privileged or sacred or forbidden places’ for those in crisis, but he suggests these are being replaced in our society by ‘heterotopias of deviation’ meant for people regarded as different to the norm. The latter might link to the aspect of stigma potentially associated with liminality (Turner 1967: 97) and cancer (Muzzin et al. 1994; Colyer 1996; Flanagan and Holmes 2000) and indeed with seeking psychological help (Pandey and Thomas 2001).

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