Expressive arts therapy for bereavement
The power of creative expression
Creative outlets of expression allow complex and strong emotions to be rendered in tangible forms that have the power to express feelings that often words alone cannot.
In a safe, non-judgmental setting, under the guidance of professionals, Center for Hospice Care Expressive Arts Programs work to help people process emotions related to loss.
Expressive Arts: What they are and who they help
- Center for Hospice Care Expressive Arts Programs allow and encourage creative expression as a mode of dealing with feelings of loss, loneliness, stress and anxiety during the emotional aftermath of the death of a loved one.
- Programs run for 6 weeks, meeting once per week.
- Programs incorporate imagery and other interpretive elements. No artistic skill is required.
- Children and Adolescent programs are offered for ages 5-12, and 13-17 respectively.
- Adult programs are offered for ages 18 and older.
- Free of Charge and open to anyone who has lost a loved one, even if he/she was not in our hospice care
Pet Therapy: An expressive art that benefits everyone
- Since the 1970s, community programs that bring people and animals together in the name of therapy and healing have been helping those in need.
- The beneficial influence of pets is well-known and well-documented. The very act of petting an animal (in this case dogs, which are trained and experienced as pet therapy animals) produces a relaxation response. There are many other benefits beyond this calming effect.
Pet Therapy for adults
- Stress reduction
- Blood pressure reduction
- Pain reduction
- Lessening of emotional pain
- Reduction of boredom and idleness
Pet Therapy for children and teens
- Lifts spirits
- Provides an outlet for emotions
- Lowers anxiety and stress
- Reduces isolation and loneliness
- Builds a sense of companionship with others
- Allows and encourages communication
- Instructs gentleness and caring