Children, Grief and Art Therapy

Lesel D Dawson, Victoria Tolchard, Gary Andrews (Producer), Rachel E Hare

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In this film, Art Therapist Victoria Tolchard explains how the therapeutic use of creative processes can help bereaved children express their thoughts and feelings and see their experiences from a new perspective. Activities such as drawing, sculpting, and painting can free up feelings and memories, helping children connect to their emotions in an intuitive, sensory manner to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. Victoria Tolchard is an Art Therapist. She works with both children and adults and specializes in cancer and bereavement support (

'Children, Grief and Art Therapy' was co-created by Victoria Tolchard, Gary Andrews (@GaryScribbler and creator of ‘Doodle-a-Day’), and Lesel Dawson, an Associate Professor at the University of Bristol. Rachel Hare was the Research Associate on this project and the film was funded by the Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol. It is now available to watch on YouTube.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


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