Last Tuesday, October 4th, our class held an exposition that featured creative and healthy ways on how to deal with grief. We had chocolates and pizza for comfort food, a freedom wall for self-expression, a darts wall for anger management, and a couple of beanbags with a giant teddy bear for relaxation. Our main goal was to present grief not as something to be completely sad about, but that there’s more to any grief experience than just the negative feelings. At the end of the day, I think we did pretty well, granted that we only had the weekend to prepare.
I was glad to see people dropping by the area that day. Most of them were at the peak of their hell week and saw our expo as a sort of break, especially from their worries. While I admit that some of them were only there for the freebies, I found a number of them who really found Good Grief! helpful:
- There was this girl who spent 30 minutes sobbing while writing a letter to be posted on the freedom wall
- Another was a guy who, although we were already cleaning up the place because the expo was over, insisted that he expresses himself by writing something for the wall
- There was also this lady who hogged the darts area for 20 minutes or so because she was so troubled by the low grades she’s getting in a certain class
Overall, I think our expo was a success not only because of the 155 attendees or the fact that all our supplies such as food and art materials were used up, but also that there were a lot of people who stopped by not for the chocolates but to question and listen intently on what our project really was for. And they weren’t exactly weirded out by it, as most of us would’ve when someone talks to us about a sad topic like grief and loss. In fact, majority of them agreed that Good Grief was a unique project and that it was useful for them. And of course, we were so happy to hear that.
I believe that, without a doubt, I deserve an A as a final grade for this class because I’ve worked relentlessly well on my papers and blog entries, studied hard for the midterm examinations (and pulled through!), organized and helped out in whatever way I can during the final project, and still able to raise my hand and recite in class almost all the time—all that, in spite of the hectic schedule senior year brings. Besides, although people assured me that such a class would be easy, my performance wasn’t marred with mediocrity and I didn’t do things “for the sake of doing them.” I personally found this class very helpful in dealing with my problems and would most definitely encourage others to take this elective as well.
Thank you for everything, Miss Cathy! See you around!