Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital has been awarded a $10 thousand dollar community impact grant from New York Life Insurance Company to support the Children’s Bereavement art group and bereavement counseling program for children. Mindy Donovaro, the Executive Director of the Sutter Auburn Faith Foundation says the program is amazing.
“Children don’t know how to express grief and often times are so stricken with it when they lose a loved one and they don’t know how to talk about it. There’s fear around death and loss. So watching these children be able to heal through art is absolutely amazing.”
The program helps children express their grief through creative outlets such as drawing and painting, which provides a tangible means to communicate their feelings. Each art group is facilitated by an art therapist with an extensive background in childhood grief. The $10,000 check was presented during family night at a Children’s Bereavement Art Group session. Nevada City resident, Betty Kay Basson attended the check presentation and said the art group helped her daughter, Tiana Peterson deal with the death of her grandmother and her aunt. “The art group is a peer group and involves art so it was a perfect fit for Tiana,” she said. “I’ve seen positive changes in Tiana since she’s been involved in the art group and I would really recommend this program to other families who have lost a loved one.”