Community event uses art to help grieving children



Virtual Cookies and Canvas aims to provide resources to families following the death of a loved one

Community event uses art to help grieving children

A family shows off their painting at the Virtual Cookies and Canvas 2020 event hosted by UnityPoint Health Hospice and Cedar Memorial. (Photos courtesy of UnityPoint Health Hospice.)

Through a guided painting session and a packet of cookies, community organizers hope to teach local children that art can be a great outlet for grief.

UnityPoint Health Hospice, in partnership with Cedar Memorial at Cedar Rapids, is hosting an event later this year that aims to teach children that art can be a good tool to express their emotions after the death of a loved one.

Virtual Cookies and Canvas will take place on Saturday November 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event – which is free to everyone – will be hosted on Zoom due to COVID-19.

Each person registered for the virtual event will create a painting of a koala, guided by an instructor from Cork N ‘Canvas Iowa. Around mid-morning, attendees will also have the chance to enjoy a packet of cookies provided by the event organizers.

While the event targets children, parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate as well to help provide families with resources throughout the grieving process, said Jamie Siela, coordinator of UnityPoint Health Hospice.

“Our goal is to create a grieving toolkit for children and families,” said Siela. “We want to expose them to as many coping mechanisms as possible.”

Additionally, Siela said it is important for children and families to connect with others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one.

“It’s an opportunity to be with people who are also grieving and to learn how to grieve,” she said. “It can help to learn more about the process and normal aspects of grieving and what can come from it.”

If you are going to:

What: Virtual cookies and Canvas

When: Saturday, Nov.6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

How? ‘Or’ What: Register to participate by calling (319) 369-7744 or emailing [email protected]

The bereavement programs hosted by UnityPoint Hospice are open to all ages. Siela said the typical age range for their participants is 7 to 16 years old.

Throughout the year, they also host other events to teach children about other coping mechanisms, such as pet therapy or mindfulness classes as part of an effort to provide ongoing support. .

“For many children, this may be the first loss they suffer,” she said.

Community organizers have hosted Cookies and Canvas in the past, but this is only the second year that the event has taken place virtually.

Since the virtual cookies and canvas will be hosted on Zoom, there is no limit to the number of registrants who can participate, Siela said. They will also need access to an electronic device to participate, such as a computer or tablet.

However, families must register in advance. Those interested in attending the event should call UnityPoint Hospice at (319) 369-7744 or register by sending an email to [email protected]

Individuals can also contact us if they wish to know more about virtual cookies and the framework.

Comments: (319) 398-8469; [email protected]



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