Artful Grief

An Art Therapy Application of Appreciative Living


An art therapist and mother loses her child to suicide. Desperate to find a way through the grief, she explored images and words, choosing those she responded to in order to create collages. She saw a strong link between the healing and restorative retelling she found in the creation of collages and Appreciative Inquiry principles, as she shows in three case studies taken from Artful Grieving workshops.


Author: Sharon Strouse

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is an art therapist with a private practice and an associate director at the Portland Institute who presents on traumatic and military loss, suicide bereavement, meaning reconstruction, attachment informed grief therapy, continuing bonds and restorative retelling. She authored Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing, twelve years after her daughter’s suicide.


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