Art Therapy and Bereavement

By Briana Babick In her second installment, Briana Babick, Lesley University Graduate School of Expressive Therapies 2nd year intern shares her experiences and observations from her internship with All Care Hospice using art therapy within bereavement counseling.  Did you know that All Care Hospice provides free individual and group bereavement services to hospice families, as well as members of the community that may also be in need? Grief can be an overwhelming and all-consuming experience, resulting in difficulty managing daily routine for weeks, months, or even years. A client once shared that although the size and scope of her grief had not been lessened, art therapy bereavement counseling helped her grow as an individual around and beyond it. Art therapy can provide the bereaved an opportunity to safely communicate their grief in ways that may otherwise be difficult to verbalize. Grief is an emotion that we will all experience. Communication, through both verbal and visual means, can help to facilitate positive coping approaches. One such occasion was with a bereavement client whose grief had manifested into despair. Directing him to depict his grief in a drawing, he created an image without hesitation. After completing this phase of the drawing, he then went on to represent both the challenges experienced as well as the many joyous aspects of his life through the image. Through art making he was able to express and find safe symbols for his grief, engaging in a dialogue and affirm his value and meaning in life. In addition to individual counseling, I’ve also observed an art therapy bereavement group on a few occasions. It is inspiring...

Teeing off for a Worthy Cause!

Teeing off for a Worthy Cause! Monday, June 26th, 2017       For the past 25 years, All Care VNA & Hospice, together with community partners and supporters, will tee off at Gannon Golf Course for their annual Charity Golf Open to raise money to provide home care and hospice services for those in need. Proceeds from the 25th annual June 26th event will benefit countless patients and families throughout the North Shore, Greater Boston, and Merrimack Valley. As a not-for-profit community agency, All Care relies on the generosity of the community to be able to deliver top-quality home care and hospice services to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access.  By offering free clinics and other vital services, All Care is insuring easy access to quality home care for our patients across the 60+ communities in which All Care serves regardless of their ability to pay.   We are asking you to Make a Difference by supporting our 25th Golf Open on June 26th, 2017!!!   Reserve your spot today to participate in a fun day of golf, contests, and much, much more! For more information about sponsorships, making a donation, or how to get involved, please contact Elizabeth Potter at 781.244.1124 or by email at epotter@allcare.org.   All Care is proud to welcome back Salem Five Charitable Foundation & USI Insurance Services as co-title sponsors for this 25th annual milestone event!...