"For many parents, understanding a child's grief while they themselves are grieving demands more energy than they have available." Arbor Hospice Children's Program, Ann Arbor, MI
*This blog post is written in the memory of Anise Ojeda Smith, mother, social worker, colleague, friend, daughter, sister, lover of life, metavivor. She lost her battle to breast cancer this last week and leaves behind three children.
Following up on Part 1 of this blog series, art intervention is incredibly helpful to the grieving child/teen in the aftermath of a parental loss. As a graduate school intern at University of Michigan, I got to see firsthand the power of art as a healing modality by providing psychotherapy to children, teens, and families in a hospice setting. Children's (and adult's) art is an opportunity to open up a channel of understanding between caregivers and children when words are not enough.