This website may include sponsored content and affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure for more information.
As always, thanks for supporting Atta Mama.


Mandalas for Mourning

I had different plans today, but today had different plans for me as well. Friday a person who played a significant part in my soul searching during my youth passed away. She laughed with me, consoled me in times of intense sadness, loaned me money, shared her food, crashed at my house, and played with my daughter. I am terribly saddened today to discover such a beautiful being is gone from this land. Rest in peace, dear Meg.

I had these circle cardboard pieces from my pot and pan set I was gifted during the holidays. I was waiting to be inspired, and today Gaia and I made mandalas as part of mommy’s improvised art therapy.

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.


I wanted to take from this day a sense of peace and closure. Here are our “Megdalas.”



  1. Those are beautiful.
    I am so sorry about your loss. *hugs*

  2. This is such a beautiful way to start healing – I had never really thought about “art therapy,” but I love how art takes you to another place – it really would help process things I’ll bet. Sorry for your loss….my prayers are with you in this tough time.

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss. Glad you found a creative outlet to help you through it.

  4. Lovely art πŸ˜€

  5. Beautiful. So sorry for your loss.

  6. So sorry for your loss but this is a beautiful way to remember your loved one!

  7. Sorry for your loss and this a great creative way to express yourself. Hugs

  8. I’m sorry for your loss, but this was a great way to have some closure and celebrate their life! Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a nice way to honor someone. I am sorry for your loss, but I am sure she loves the mandalas you made!

  10. Thank you for sharing your comforting activity. I am very sorry for the loss of your friend. It is always the hardest when they are young.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss, but I’m glad that you were able to get some art therapy in and find a great way to mourn your friend and celebrate their life.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful way to remember, to mourn πŸ™‚

  13. I’m sorry for your loss. πŸ™ Mandalas are beautiful. We love them.

Speak Your Mind