Art and Grief Therapy Group

Grieving a loss can be painful, but you don’t have to go through it on your own.

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Grieving Through Art: An 8-Week Support Group

Grieving a loss can be painful, but you don’t have to go through it on your own. We’re here to support your process and provide you with a transitional space to figure out the next steps of your healing journey.

In this therapeutic support group, you can talk about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours associated with the loss of a loved one by death, separation, and even pet loss.

You will engage in art therapy and mindfulness experientials, conversations, and monitor therapeutic change as you companion with others throughout the group. 

Art experience is not required but a willingness to show up and be present with the group is necessary. The group will have a maximum of 6 participants.

The group is facilitated by one registered mental health therapist and one intern:  

  • an Art Therapist registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)
  • an intern therapist who is completing their clinical requirements for a Master’s degree in counselling, clinical social work, psychology, or related field

Who can attend?

Anyone aged 18 or over, who is looking for a safe environment to:

  • Process their loss of a loved one
  • Honour the continuing bonds they may have with them through symbolic meaning-making
  • Gain a more comprehensive understanding of grief and how it influences your sense of identity

Pre-registration is required for this 8-week program

When and where is it offered?

The group meets weekly on Tuesdays, 1 - 3 PM at The Family Centre (9912 - 106 Street Edmonton).

Registration for the fall group is now closed. New groups will open in the winter and spring of next year. Email griefgroup@familycentre.org if you have any questions.

How much does it cost?

$400 for the 8-week course, including all art supplies.

Subsidies are available.

What to expect upon arrival at The Family Centre?

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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