The Jeanne Oliver Podcast Episode Fifty Two | Loss and Grief with Lorraine Bell


The Jeanne Oliver Podcast

In this episode Jeanne is talking with artist, teacher and adventurer Lorraine Bell. Lorraine lost her husband 6 years ago unexpectedly. Her life in some ways was instantly put on hold and then slowly she came back to life. Join this intimate and vulnerable discussion about loss and grief and finding yourself in the midst of it.




A self-taught Mixed Media Artist, Lorraine divides her time living between The Cayman Islands and Central Florida. A recent empty nester, she is passionate about sketching, traveling, and writing. She combines all three of these loves to create illustrated art journals bursting with her adventures on the road.

Lorraine is one of the 5 founding members that made up the collaborative team of ART TO THE 5TH, a revolutionary group of women that brought together over 13,000 people to create art, inspire and uplift one another. She designed the visual calendar/journal that was the inspiration for The Documented Life Project, a year-long undertaking that encouraged the concept of visual and written chronicles of your daily life. This project was the catalyst for the creative planner and journal movement that is so prevalent today.

Lorraine has been involved in the Art Industry for over 30 years. From creating and selling at craft fairs and exhibitions in her early 20’s, to a noted sketchbook artist and author, she is continually studying art and looking for new ways to expand and improve her creative abilities. Though she often teaches through an online platform, Lorraine prefers to be among fellow creatives. “I am most inspired when I am surrounded by artists,” Lorraine says. “There is no more vulnerable feeling than to be in the presence of like-minded people who know the same need to reach deeply inside, grab hold of your soul, and expose it on canvas and paper for all the world to see.”

Lorraine’s Catholic faith keeps her grounded and often inspires her art. She is a lover of all things random, serendipitous and spontaneous. Her studio is anywhere from under an olive tree in Tuscany to a crowded market in Istanbul to a pristine fjord in Norway. She is constantly in motion and an accidental tourist, embracing culture and spreading art everywhere she goes.


Episode Summary

Podcast 052 | Loss and Grief with Lorraine Bell


“The journey of faith is messy.” 19:11

“Don’t put off anything, do it.” 41:08

“Take that pass, you’ve earned it, you have a right to it, and say no to the things that you are not capable of.” 43:05

“There’s no formula, there’s no fixing it, you just have to walk with it and feel it and experience it.” 44:56


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  1. Suzanne

    I feel like I experience grief every day. My son was diagnosed with autism (severe) at the age of 23 months. Later – profound mental retardation and a few years ago I found out he was misdiagnosed for all those years. He also has PANDAS (strep in his brain). I watch him suffer 24/7 in pain and he is constantly sick. There is no cure. He is 28 and he is the reason I breathe. He is alive – but barely. There is no dignity or quality of life. My heart bleeds watching him suffer day in and day out and not being able to do anything other than keep him fed (as best as I can) – clean – and as pain free as possible. I don’t know how to live other than to try and keep him not hurting himself from the pain?????? This grief is different than losing someone but I don’t know any other word to describe. I have gone back to reading blips in the Bible as I felt I lost my faith. Just going thru the hours one at a time….. grief is a difficult topic. Thank you for addressing.

  2. Rita Montgomery

    Jeanne and Lorraine, thank you so much for an excellent interview. I lost my husband of 55 years just 6 months ago. I heard some very helpful tips and ideas from you which I plan to use in the future. Grief is a lonely thing and we all process it in our own way and time. I rely on my children and close friends to keep me sane and on track. I’m lonely but have hobbies to keep me busy and I love volunteering which gets me out of the house. Luckily my hobbies are solitary ones, quilting and crafting/painting, which I can do whenever I want. I am a member of a wonderful, supportive church which I know the Lord provided for me and one that I am grateful for each and every day. The Lord knows what’s best for us; we just need to listen to His promptings and to not be afraid to move forward. Thanks again for everything.

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