Free Art Therapy Workshops Offer Hope and Healing

Healing Arts Workshops, such as Fabric & Feelings shown here, use art therapy to help those who are grieving express their feelings. (Photo by Bob Perkoski)  

Are you grieving the loss of a love one?  Healing Arts Workshops use art therapy to provide grieving people with a creative outlet for their feelings. The free workshops are offered by Hospice of the Western Reserve to any adult in the community who is grieving a loss.  Anyone can enroll, whether or not they had a loved one cared for hospice. No art experience is necessary. The workshops are made possible through funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Words & Snapshots

A Healing Arts Workshop called Words and Snapshots will be held five consecutive Wednesdays: Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland.

The five-week photography and journaling workshop is ideal for those who would like to express their feelings through digital photography and writing. Participants will need their mobile phone or another digital camera to take photos and the ability to either email or print them.  There is no cost, but space is limited, so advance registration is required.

Fabric & Feelings

Another Healing Arts Workshop, Fabric & Feelings, is a group where participants use fabric techniques such as quilting (sometimes with clothing from loved ones) or photo transfer to create quilts, pillows, dolls and other types of lasting memories. Sewing expertise is not necessary. This is an ongoing group that meets every Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. and the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center and new participants are always welcomed. 

The workshops are free but advance registration is required.  To register or to find out about other free Healing Arts Workshops coming up, call Mollie Borgione 216.486.6544 or email her at

Laurie Henrichsen

Public & Media Relations, Hospice of the Western Reserve

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 4:31 PM, 09.14.2017