About 30 years ago, a minister handed Dr. Jill Aiken paint.
Her first husband had died, and she was struggling with her grief. She didn’t feel like she could talk to anyone about it – then she picked up a paintbrush.
“I didn’t expect it to be so powerful,” she says, “but it was.”
Art became a form of self-expression and healing for the Tidelands Health pediatrician — a method of stress relief and communication she now recommends to patients who might benefit.
At the time, Dr. Aiken had never really painted before. But when she was going through the grieving process, she didn’t feel she could open up to anyone. Something changed when she picked up a paintbrush.
“It was a chance for me to have control over my grief and healing process,” she says. “Art distracts you, but at the same time you’re also dealing with your emotions. Art can help you make sense of how you are feeling and square those feelings with the rest of your life.”