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This literature review surveys different expressive therapies interventions (ET) for grief and loss. There are examples from all major modalities in the ET continuum. Loss in this context is defined as the loss of someone important in one’s life (a child, a parent etc.). Two of the articles sited grapple with community loss whereby a community of people lost something of great value to them. The urge to create can be present for many people when they are grieving, and ET offers a therapeutic method of channeling this creativity. Mourning rituals that already exist can be linked to ET interventions. This review also looks at different forms that grief takes: complicated grief (CG) and unexpressed/unresolved grief and the benefits and drawbacks of group vs. individual work.
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Purves, Mary Louise, "How Can Expressive Therapies Help with Grieving and Loss? A Literature Review" (2018). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 104.
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