Posts Tagged ‘Child Grief’

Losing Lantu, Building Community

November 14th, 2016.

Imagine losing a friend as close as family. Not just any friend, but one who seemed capable of anything. A friend whose determination and spirit meant that nothing could hold her back. That’s the kind of friend—the kind of person—Lantu was. In Ethiopia, children with special needs can lose out: on parents, education, and community.[…read more…]

Welcome to Draw It Out Training

August 26th, 2016.

Let me set the scene for you: On September 15th, at 8:30 in the morning, in an otherwise clinical room, you see a translucent green bowl filled with markers, glue, glitter pens, and Post-it flags. At each chair is a beautiful copy of Draw It Out, a workbook for kids you’ve heard about from a[…read more…]

A few months ago, a woman named Peggy reached out to us from Seattle Central Community College. She was teaching a class on grief and loss, and asked if we would speak at one of her lectures. As Art with Heart’s resident therapist, the inquiry was forwarded to me. At first, I was hesitant: I’m used[…read more…]

The holidays can be a time for celebration and laughter, full of family and friends and good food. But for many kids, it may be the first time they are decorating or opening presents without their loved one. Last week, Huffington Post published an article about the difficulties people can experience during the holidays. One man mentioned[…read more…]

“Grieve. Heal. Grow,” reads the tagline of Comfort Zone Camp, a non-profit bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have lost someone close to them. Art with Heart partnered with this life-changing organization earlier this year, recognizing our books as useful tools in the healing of Comfort Zone Camp children. Our Draw it[…read more…]

The girls of Honey Dew Elementary School’s Art with Heart program were once just eight classmates. Now, they are eight friends. A group of fifth graders from various backgrounds and circumstances came together last January as a pilot testing group for Art with Heart’s Draw it Out curriculum. Led by Program Facilitator Katrina Sather, for[…read more…]

Created as a guide to Art with Heart’s 2013 release Draw it Out,  the Leader’s Companion is designed to prepare leaders to use the Draw It Out workbook with grieving children in their care. This Leader’s Companion provides Experiential Learning Activities, Art Tips & Tricks, Best Practices, and Closing Questions to deepen children’s learning. The Leader’s Companion will equip child[…read more…]

Sixth graders at San Diego Cooperative Charter School were grieving over the unexpected loss of a beloved classmate due to an extended illness.The entire school had been raising funds to help the family pay for the 11-year old’s medical bills through a penny drive. When the child passed away, everyone was at a loss at what[…read more…]

Children experience grief in unique ways, and finding just the right key to help them unlock their emotions can be difficult. But Montana therapist and elementary school counselor Angela Opitz has discovered that once children know they’re not alone in the experience, connections can be made and real healing can begin. Angela has a therapy[…read more…]