Art Workshop to support grieving families

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Published on: Thursday 17 May 2018 at 09:02

On Sunday 8th July 2018, we will be hosting a therapeutic, artistic workshop for families who have had a loved one cared for by St Clare 

St Clare Hospice will host a therapeutic, artistic workshop for grieving families in West Essex and the borders of East Herts on Sunday 8th July 2018. This workshop is open to all families and individuals who have had a loved one cared for by St Clare Hospice.

The workshop will focus on creating a piece of art in memory of a loved one in a safe and peaceful environment, with the support of trained St Clare volunteers and staff members.

Individuals of all ages are invited to attended, with no previous artistic experience or expertise necessary. All art supplies (such as clay, paints, haberdashery, collage, pencils, pastels, and more) will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own if they wish. Poetry, creative writing and other non-visual artistic mediums are also encouraged.

Family workshops such as this form an integral part of our Children, Young People & Family Bereavement Service, which is run by Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Catherine Kiff.

Commenting on the art workshop, Catherine Kiff explained:

“We are very excited to be able to host a therapeutic art workshop for local people of all ages, and their families, who have experienced the loss of someone special. This workshop is all about remembering and honouring someone who we miss dearly, by creating a piece of art in their memory. There is no restriction on creativity – you could create anything you wish! It might be a piece that reflects who they were, your relationship, or the things you loved about them. It really is all about expressing your unique way of remembering your loved one.”

Catherine Kiff added:

“Working with creative materials can be a powerfully healing way to come to terms with bereavement, exploring our emotions and expressing what we think and feel. Working with the arts enables us to understand change and to facilitate growth, in a way that we are comfortable with – especially when we find our loss difficult to talk about.”

The art workshop will take place on Sunday 8th July 2018, 10am – 4pm, at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX. Participants will also have the optional opportunity to showcase their work at a St Clare Hospice Art Exhibition if they so wish.

The workshop is open to children, young people and families who have had a loved one cared for by St Clare Hospice in the last 3 years. The Hospice is encouraging people to get in touch with their team if they would like to attend.


Book now

For more information and to book your place, please get in touch with Catherine Kiff on 01279 773700 or email [email protected]

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