The Art of Grief, Loss, and Change

The Art of Grief, Loss, and Change begins with the premise that these experiences are a natural part of life for all of us, and revolves around the themes of It’s Ok Not to Feel Ok, I Can Live with Big Emotions, There’s No Timeline on Grief, and I Can Support Myself and Others. Using interaction with and through the arts, participants explore and recognize the big emotions that come with transition and loss and develop the coping skills useful in working with those emotions.

The Art of Grief, Loss, and Change can be adapted to be relevant for individuals with disabilities of different ages: 

  • School Programs: High Schools  and Transition Programs
  • Adult Programs: Adult Day Programs or disability service providers serving individuals ages 21 and older.
  • Community Programs: arts organizations, community organizations, friendship clubs, Parks and Recreation

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 “I enjoyed the program; it helped to offer coping strategies for change. It brought up feelings about my dad and helped me deal with his loss.”

Participant in The Art of Grief, Loss and Change, Portal, Inc.


“The participants benefited from using tools like painting, drums, and creating a statue to express their feelings they couldn’t put into words. As the week went on I noticed several clients verbalizing more how they felt about not just their day, but other feelings they had with their life and things that were happening in it.”

Staff Member, Portal, Inc.


I think it helped her work out some of her anger, grief, and loss through a creative and safe environment and use different modalities she would otherwise not have.”

Special Education Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools


 Curious about bringing Upstream Arts to your school or organization?

Contact us at [email protected] to set up a 1 hour FREEBIE!

This session – absolutely free of charge – can offer insight into how we work to support individuals with a range of cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities.