Thesis Title

Individual Art Therapy with Hospice Clients and Their Loved Ones in a Hospital Hospice Program

Graduation Date

Summer 1996

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


Without sufficient support and treatment, losses may result in chronic grief, complicated bereavement, .suicidal ideation and traumatic stress. To address these needs, the Zen Hospice Project has chosen to provide individual art therapy services on both a long term basis and as crisis intervention. Art therapy facilitates the expression of thoughts, feelings and fears associated with grief. The creative process of art therapy assists movement through the grief process while supporting clients in managing the impact of loss.

This grant will identify many therapeutic benefits of art therapy with bereavement and grief and explain why such a program is imperative. Art therapy is a respected and well documented form of treatment and healing intervention especially effective with issues of grief and loss. The cost of this one year program will be approximately $34,861.77.