Whether the activity involves putting brush to paper or assembling images into a collage, expression through the visual arts can powerfully improve the quality of life for people with a terminal illness and for family members.
Therapeutic art is a unique opportunity for people of all ages – children, teens and adult – to express themselves creatively while dealing with stress, grief and loss. Art can produce a powerful release of feelings that can be healing to the mind, body and spirit. Artistic talent or prior training is not required.
Common goals of Therapeutic art include relaxation and stress relief, providing insight on emotions, and encouraging communication between loved ones. For those who are grieving, Therapeutic art can also be a creative tool for sharing memories and exploring coping skills.