A Heuristic Exploration of Creating Response Art to Reduce Vicarious Grief
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
The following is a heuristic study that explored vicarious grief and response art through the lens of an art therapy intern. Vicarious grief involves feeling grief symptoms such as: sadness, guilt, anger, helplessness, hopelessness, and depression triggered by client narrative or client losses. Response art is art made by art therapists in response to their work with clients. This self-study consisted of making collage art cards for thirty days and journaling about the experience to reduce vicarious grief symptoms. The themes that emerged from this study include: finding hope, balance, connection, and completing a grief journey.