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The Grief Deck Adriene Jenik, Artists’ Literacies Institute

The Grief Deck

Rituals, Meditations, and Tools for Moving through Loss

Adriene Jenik Artists’ Literacies Institute

Details: 60 cards + 28 pp booklet
Size: 5.625 x 3.825 x 1.5 IN
Publication Date: 10/18/2022
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781648961441


No matter where you are in your grief journey, The Grief Deck offers sensitive and supportive tools to help you process your emotions. Its sixty illustrated cards, created by a diverse array of artists and grief workers, offer thoughtful prompts, simple activities, richly textured artwork, and grounding resources for coping with loss.

Everyone faces grief in their own way, and in their own time. The Grief Deck provides accessible entry points to meet you where you are in that process, and activities to guide you forward. The sixty beautiful cards in this deck include meditations for reconnecting with your body and senses and taking moments to reflect in nature; prompts to help you address anxiety, hold a vigil, or create rituals of remembrance; and guidance on finding time for intentional rest and developing daily routines. These activities—each one paired with artwork for reflection—can be explored in any order, at any time as needed.

Although each person's journey is unique, this interactive deck will help you constructively address grief in daily life, a little bit at a time.

Adriene Jenik (she / they) is an artist, educator, and end-of-life doula who resides in the high desert of Southern California as well as Phoenix, Arizona. Jenik is a professor at the School of Art, Arizona State University, affiliate faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Desert Humanities Center, and Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.

The Artists’ Literacies Institute was established in 2018 in New York City by artist, teacher, and producer Andrew Freiband, to be a research agency for artists, putting artists’ unique ways of knowing to use in building a just, sustainable, postcapitalist and postcolonial world. ALI is a partner within the NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, from which The Grief Deck emerged.