I Am Standing Upon the Seashore: End of Life Education, A Coloring Booklet
This end of life coloring booklet is used as art therapy for both adults and children. I Am Standing Upon the Seashore provides a concept of death using the metaphor of Henry van Dyke’s poem, Gone From My Sight.
Poems and art often take us to places the rational mind can’t go. Poems about death and the grieving process can help grieving adults and children begin to neutralize some of the fear and cultural misconceptions most of us have concerning dying and death.
Engaging with a person through this coloring activity, we can simply and compassionately begin our conversation about the final good-bye. The child in all of us can relate to these images as we are looking for meaning and comfort in the stages of grief.
No matter the age of the reader, this booklet can offer understanding and reassurance to us when we or a loved one are facing death. I Am Standing Upon the Seashore is simple yet profound and consoling.