Children’s bereavement art group celebrates 30 years of service

The Children’s Bereavement Art Group is celebrating its 30th anniversary, providing children between the ages of 4 and 17 a safe and creative place in which to express their grief over the death of a loved one. Through this group, which is facilitated by art therapists with extensive backgrounds in childhood grief, children express their thoughts and feelings through a variety of art activities, including drawing and painting.

“We’ve been able to touch so many lives in the past 30 years,” said Peggy Gulshen, board-certified art therapist/marriage and family therapist, CBAG program founder and coordinator. “These children, some of whom are now adults, represent the ability not only to survive a significant loss but to thrive as they reinvest in life.”

To date, CBAG has provided support to more than 11,500 children and teens, and their families. The program, which began at Sutter Memorial Hospital in 1985, has a rich history of collaborative partners. The program currently is supported through community donations to Sutter Health Philanthropy. CBAG is offered at the Sutter Cancer Center and Sutter Care at Home Roseville Hospice office. CBAG also broadened its scope in 2005 to include school outreach, offering grief education to school staff and grief sessions on campus to elementary, middle and high schools in the greater Sacramento area.

CBAG will host a private celebration in April where current staff, volunteers, program donors/supporters and CBAG participants and their families will have the chance to reconnect, reminisce and reflect. For more information about the program, call 454-6555. Registration for the anniversary celebration on April 4 is available online, http://www.checksutterfirst.org/CBAG30

2 Responses to Children’s bereavement art group celebrates 30 years of service

  1. Robin Riggle-Schellenberg says:

    My then 5 and 8 year old sons were involved with this program 25 years ago when their father died suddenly. I can’t begin to tell you how much this program helped them and ME .. just knowing my sons were going to be okay and having the tools to help them with their grief was so healing! Thank you for 30 years of helping children and the families during their grief process! God bless you all.

  2. Lori Pruski-Clark says:

    This group does AMAZING work with children.

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