Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Rebecca Zarate


The intention if this capstone thesis is to bring awareness to the current state of children’s grief support services and how dance/movement therapy can be used to address the areas where growth is required. The capacity of dance/movement therapy to facilitate the cocreation of improved grief support services lies in its ability to be used as an advocacy tool for children to process and express their experiences with grief. In collaboration with the shared decision-making model, the information gained from dance/movement therapy exploration can help children communicate their experiences with grief to those who have the power to shift how current grief support services are implemented. By analyzing the available research using a literature review format, three major themes surfaced. These themes include understanding children’s unique experiences with grief, the need to create grief support services that respond appropriately to presenting needs and advocating for the implementation of those services. When children’s voices are considered in the advocacy conversations that affect them, services can be structured to more effectively accommodate their needs. Based on these findings a tailored grief support framework for children was created outlining how to integrate the key takeaways from this research.

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