Year: 2002 Source: New York: The Guilford Press, 2002. p.297-322 SIEC No: 20020917

After experiencing death, children often embrace opportunities to communicate their feelings about it despite being confused or upset. We must respect children’s unique understanding, manner of displaying, confronting, & mastering their grief. For many children art offers a valuable vehicle for meeting the challenge of bereavement. This chapter focuses on integrating art therapy into other techniques to help children communicate, understand, & cope with their grief. The case of a 14-yr-old boy with recurrent abdominal pain following his father’s suicide highlights the value of a nonverbal therapeutic intervention. Art was particularly well suited to the boy due to his shy personality, learning disability, interest in art, & age. (11 refs)