When a child has experienced a significant loss, such as the death of a parent, grandparent or other close family member, that child’s caregiver has a significant responsibility in helping the child to mourn in a healthy way. In my last essay, I wrote about some strategies that parents or caregivers can use with their children in the midst and immediate aftermath of this kind of family loss.
A child sits up in his hospital bed for the first time in days. He looks out the window and draws the bluish-gray sky, the buildings, and some white clouds. Then, he lightly draws a figure coming out of the clouds. ?Superman!? he exclaims as he holds up his piece and flexes his arm in identification with his image. Ecopsychology is based upon the belief that a culturally induced, unconscious, mental separation of people from the health sustaining, nonverbal wisdom of the natural world within and around ourselves
Most parents hope that they will never have to see their young children exposed to the pain of loss. But we live in a world where life is finite, and many families with young children are faced with the difficulty of coping with the death of someone close. Parents and other caregivers often struggle with how to address and support a child?s grieving process,
Melodies of Motherhood, a series of new groups run by a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed creative arts therapist, offer unique opportunities for new and expecting Mothers in Park Slope. The 15-week program will provide support from professional therapists as well as an education component and a unique creative arts-oriented perspective.
Bond with your baby, learn, and get support!
For most people, the idea of music being therapeutic seems pretty logical. But did you know that music therapists are highly educated professionals with specialized, standardized training? Music therapists in New York state are licensed psychotherapists, just as you might go see a psychologist for private psychotherapy