Archive for May 29, 2008

Grief Counseling Through Memory Books & the Creative Arts

By Laurie Holland

After my first trip to Zambia in 2006, I observed a great number of orphaned children grieving the loss of loved ones who had died from HIV/AIDS. Upon my return to San Jose State University, I devoted my graduate thesis research to “grief intervention for AIDS-orphaned children in Africa”. When I returned to Zambia in the summer of 2007, I had the inspiring opportunity to implement many of the creative arts activities from this research with two groups of young Zambian girls ages nine to fourteen.

Laurie with the girls in the grief workshop
Laurie with the girls in the grief workshop.

Memory Books & Psychodrama

I found memory books to be by far the greatest tool in assisting the girls to process their pain and loss. Read more