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Touch drawing and Hospice/end of life


Touch drawing and Hospice/end of life

A group for people interested in facilitating touch drawing to people who are dying and their families and loved ones

Members: 12
Latest Activity: Mar 11, 2011

Discussion Forum

Hospice Presentation

Started by Nancy Watson Jul 11, 2007.

TD and Hospice forum

Started by Julie Ann Lien Jun 21, 2007.

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Comment by Susan Bakaley Marshall on July 25, 2010 at 6:13pm
I am adding this comment to several of my groups. Some of you may get this more then once.
Its been quite exciting doing the presentations, which involves both a slide show of a hospice client and her art work completed by mouth because she had ALS ( Lou Gehrigs disease) and lost use of her limbs and a video of my touch drawings completed the day she died. Then I have people experience TD themselves. it's only been a "taste of touch drawing" since time has been very limited. I've been part of various hospice programs such as education day and there's only a certain alloted time. The most recent presentation was at the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) in Boston
" Creative Therapy, Creating Change". My proposal was accepted last December and I had 2 hours to do the above on July 16.

Thank you for your suggestions of how to use materials and economize on paints. Whoever suggested using the transparencies... thank you thank you! They worked great. I taped them to paper from a large roll that could cover the tables. I used them in May for about 30 people and I was able to re-use them in Boston. I had a small group in Boston but didn't know how many would show up so I was prepared for 25-30 people.

My confidence in facilitating has increased and I love using the chimes for live music. Each time I learn something different that I can carry over to the next circle. Participants are so moved and eager to do TD. I've been hearing comments like, " I've been wanting to do this my whole life".
One hospice nurse shared drawings that reflected a client, who was close to dying. I think she was amazed at how close TD brought her to the soul and spirit of this client.

Thanks for the support from this community of gifted and talented beings!

blessings and peace,
Comment by Tanya M. Lewis on July 1, 2009 at 3:44pm
Hi Shemaya,

I wanted to thank you for organizing this group. It has taken me awhile to work my way here, but I seem to be confronted with this topic more often than not. I spent a few years working as a volunteer for Hospice & I truly wish that I had known about TD then. My first patient was diagnosed with AIDS & was dealing with a tremendous amount of emotional issues & having been ostrasized by his family. He was a beautiful person who would have benefited greatly through the gift of TD. In later years, during my work as a Case Manager in the field of Physical & Developmental Disabilities, hospice care & loss was ever present. No one was immune to the feelings of loss or the emotional havoc it inevitably wreaked upon them. Many of the clients conveyed feelings of sadness, but without an outlet often resorted to acting out behaviors. I had discussed the possibility of implementing TD with Hospice & clients during our last open session, however; at the time my schedule didn't accommodate everything I had hoped to accomplish. I would very much like to contact our local Hospice Center now & rediscuss the options for introducing it again here. I believe this group will be an invaluable asset in connecting with others on this topic & implementation. Thanks again.

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