Along on a Painful Journey: Marian Sokol Grows a Nonprofit Helping Children Through Grieving Process
It's always hard to talk about death, but especially so for a child grieving the loss of a parent, one who's struggling to cope with powerful emotions while the family contends with a loss of income that might make it difficult to pay the rent.
That's why the children who go to the nonprofit Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas are given ways to express themselves without putting their feelings into words. Marian Sokol, the execuitve direction, calls it the "expressive arts."
In an intake room, the children draw illustrations of their grief. One boy draw himself in a rainstorm with the word "Why?" scrawled all around him. There is a room with padded walls and a punching doll where they can take out their anger or use a drum set. In another room, a stage has been built into an artificial tree under a skylight where children can act out their emotions, fantasies, and dreams.
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