One of my favorite Paint It Out workshops are the ones I facilitate at the Children’s Bereavement Center at their Miami Country Day School site, for a support group for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. It is very rewarding to see how much the students enjoy painting, and how they gradually open up and share with the rest of the group their journey, from the point they learned of the death, to where they are now, to their feelings about love and spirituality.
I first joined the CBC as a participant in their Young Adults group at the University ofMiami back in 2010 right after my mother died, and it was such an instrumental part of helping me through my own journey, that when I learned that CBC was looking for facilitators for their new MCDS site, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give back and help others learn to cope in healthy ways.
It’s amazing to see children grow and express themselves with full confidence as they realize the love and support that’s all around them. Children grieve in bursts, so we play a lot but have small activities focused on talking about their loved ones and you can see them making progress. Grief evolves as you do, but I do think it’s important to have a healthy way of coping with it, and CBC offers a free place for children to go on and off for as long as they want or need to.
The feedback from the children, other facilitators and parents just shows that the children are benefiting tremendously, and that’s why I am so happy to come in and help facilitate the young elementary group at the CBC, every other week.
If you would like information on these workshops, I’d love to hear from you, just contact me.