Thesis Abstract

This study sought to understand bereavement in an adult woman, after the death of her mother in a hospice setting. A case study method was used with a 52 year old, Caucasian, female subject. An art therapy intervention was utilized that expanded on Ira Progoff’s (1992) generalized stepping stone journaling technique. This study addressed a bereaved woman’s feelings through the use of “grief stones”. The client developed eight mixed media collaged images of feelings she experienced from the time her mother was diagnosed with her illness, through her death and into the present moment. The client gained awareness of her bereavement, acknowledgment of feelings, and created a way to honor her mother through art making.

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