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WORKSHOPS

Explore and express your grief experience with different modalities using these interactive workshops. Please check back as we continue to update more offerings.

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Date: 5 Jul 2022

Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

Grief is a natural response to towards the loss of a loved one. A parent’s grief is sometimes more complicated as the order of life is overturned.

 

This introductory workshop offers a safe space for bereaved parents to explore the connection between your body, your emotions and your loss, in restoring your well-being. With the guidance of a mindfulness instructor, you may look forward to discover how you can release concealed emotions through mind-body practices such as movement, breathwork and meditation.

 

Parents who have lost their child, regardless of the child's age and no matter how recent or long ago, are welcome to experience somatic healing with us.

About the facilitators

Ming Li TanCo-founder of Exhale, Movement & Mindfulness Teacher

Valerie LimCo-founder of Child Bereavement Support (Singapore)

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Date: 9 July 2022

Time: 10am - 12 pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

Bereavement and our grief from other losses in life can be a roller coaster ride. Along this journey, we may find ourselves turning to music as a way to cope with our grief. Normalizing grief through interactions with others who have experienced a loss is beneficial, and music can play an important role in facilitating these interactions.

With the facilitation of a music therapist and a social worker/counsellor, participants in this workshop become more aware of the grieving process and discover the use of music for self-care and expression of feelings. Join this group experience to explore the grief journey of young adults (18-25) who lost their loved ones.

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About the facilitators

Calvin Eng, Board Certified Music Therapist

Wai Yee Chee, Senior Director of Grief Matters

Date/ Venue:

30 Jun 2022 (Botanic Gardens)

12 Aug 2022 (Gardens By the Bay)

9 Sep 2022 (Botanic Gardens)

Time: 4.00pm - 6.00pm

 

MIN. AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18 years old

Nature-based Art Therapy brings together principles of forest bathing and art psychotherapy whereby bereaved individuals can use nature and express themselves through art in their grief experience. Participants get to practice mindfulness and appreciate nature as resources to cope with their emotions.

Join us in this experiential workshop facilitated by Art Therapists and Forest Therapy Guide from Assisi Hospice, Grief Matters and Oasis Inclusion.

About the facilitators

Ding Kian Seng, Co-founder, Oasis Inclusion

Jolene Chiang, Senior Art Therapist, Grief Matters

Vivian Wong, Art Therapist, Assisi Hospice

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Date: 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 31 Aug 2022

Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Venue: Viriya Therapy Centre 
72 Shrewsbury Road #05-01 S307837 
(10 mins walk from Novena MRT)

Grief is a universal experience that makes us human. Each person's grief is unique, but we share a common need for our grief to be witnessed in ways we find comforting. This support group is conducted for 6-8 participants who are experiencing grief from the loss of their partner and would like to go through this journey supporting each other. It will be a safe space for participants to share their thoughts and feelings, enhance their mental well-being and preserve the relationship through the continuing bonds theory.

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Cheong Mun Kin, Counsellor, Viriya Community Services

Gwen Ng, Senior Social Worker, Viriya Community Services

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Guitarist Writing Song

Date: 13 Aug 2022

Time: 2pm-4pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

The journey with grief sometimes moves from having difficult emotions to building inner resilience, from remembering the ones we grieve to looking ahead at the life we still have.

 

Songwriting can be a way to express and process our experiences of grief, to remember the ones we have lost, and to take steps towards restoring our lives ahead.

 

Come take this time to remember and to restore, as you experience a group songwriting process guided by music therapists.

 

All who have experienced the loss of someone dear are welcome. The workshop will be conducted in English.

About the facilitators

Trudy Chua, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Jolene Yee, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Camellia Soon, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Tammy Lim, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

 

Date: 19 Aug 2022

Time: 5 - 7 pm

Venue: Mindful Space, 10 Winstedt road, Block A 02-02, S227977

Let’s slow down and take this time for ourselves and our children who are gone too soon. There is nothing to be fixed, nothing to be changed, just a journey of awareness and acceptance. Come with an open heart where we will practice mindfulness with art and journaling, followed by sharing and releasing with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) / tapping. We will complete our session with candle lighting and tea to socialize. You are not alone, together we are better.

About the facilitator

Vernessa Chuah, Founder, Mindful Space

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Date: 20 Aug 2022

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

Through the reading of texts with themes that centre on grief, the workshop provides a platform for participants to explore reactions arising from a loss. Through the writing of their own poem, participants can give voice to their grief and capture their own journey and learning as a part of a continuing narrative.

 

Writing is often a sorting and rebuilding process. More than eliciting and normalising grief reactions, it is hoped that the creative space would allow participants to speak what is on their heart without judgment in remembrance of their loved one, while being engaged in meaning-making through the healing lens of words and narratives.

About the facilitator

Lena Soh, Counsellor, Grief Matters

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Date: 10 Sep 2022

Time: 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

Bereavement and our grief from other losses in life can be a roller coaster ride. Along this journey, we may find ourselves turning to music as a way to cope with our grief. Normalizing grief through interactions with others who have experienced a loss is beneficial, and music can play an important role in facilitating these interactions.

With the facilitation of a music therapist and a social worker/counsellor, participants in this workshop become more aware of the grieving process and discover the use of music for self-care and expression of feelings. Join this group experience to explore the grief journey of those who lost their loved ones.

About the facilitators

Calvin EngBoard Certified Music Therapist

Wai Yee CheeSenior Director of Grief Matters

 

Date: 27 Aug 2022

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

This session offers both art and music experiences. 
The hope is for audience to gain awareness in how to better shape their art selection in the grieving process, for both self-care and also to express their feelings.

Music and Art is both highly personal and also has intrinsic properties that influence us subconsciously. This experiential workshop will delve into the mechanisms of how the expressive arts affects us in our mood.
 

About the facilitator

Clara Kong, Medical Social Worker, Dover Park Hospice
Camellia Soon, Music Therapist, Dover Park Hospice

Ling Choon Lian, Art Therapist, Dover Park Hospice

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Date: 3 Sep 2022

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: 1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh #02-08, Braddell House, S319637

For Helping Professions Only, please consider a donation to Grief Matters at the start of the workshop.

Play is the natural language of children, and through play, children begin to make sense of the world. Encouraging children to create a symbolic representation of their world through a playful experience like sandplay helps them to process situations that provoke grief, anxiety, and can bypass any natural resistance.

 

This workshop introduces the theoretical and practical contributions of sand and sandplay in helping children process their grief and loss when they are unable to find the words to express them. Over time, children can begin to make meaning and come to terms with their loss.

About the facilitator

Dr Alicia Pon, Clinical Consultant, PlayHeals Therapy

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Date: 3 Sep 2022

Time: Between 10.00am - 4.00pm (Flexible)

Venue: Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre, 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796

This open art studio session aims to provide a space for people of all walks of life who have experienced loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The use of therapeutic arts can allow participants to find hope and kindness from within despite challenges faced while striving forward to the future.

 

In addition, this open studio concept aspires to form unity in the community and offer a space for people to connect during this new phase of the endemic through art-making. Participants can also take this chance to relax, self-express, and enjoy art-making.

 

Participants can keep the artwork created after the session.

About the facilitator

Roxanne ChewArt Therapist, Woodlands Health Campus

 
 
 
 
 
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About the facilitators

Michelle Chen, Assistant Lead Counsellor, Viriya Community Services, Head of Viriya Grief Support Services

Gwen Ng, Senior Social Worker, Viriya Community Services

Ng Yong Hao, Senior Social Worker, Viriya Community Services

Date: 17 Sep 2022

Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: Online

An introductory workshop for the general public to gain knowledge and attending skills on supporting individuals and families who are going through bereavement-related grief.

 

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to support individuals and families going through bereavement-related grief.

The Sound of Grief

Date: 25 Sep 2022

Time: 4.30pm-5.30pm

Venue: Group Therapy Cafe, 181 South Bridge Road #01-05 & K1-04, Singapore 058743

The Sound of Grief will provide a time and place to grieve for loved ones. The goal is to help normalize conversation around the dying process and recognize grief and bereavement as a natural response to loss.

 

This one hour music program includes 12 songs and 12 grief stories. The greater the love, the deeper the grieving. Words may fail in expressing those emotions, that’s when music speaks right to the heart. Come join us in-person for this soothing and healing music and human experience.

About the facilitators

Trudy Chua, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Jolene Yee, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Camellia Soon, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Tammy Lim, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Evelyn Lee, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

Hanna Ma, Music Therapist, Association for Music Therapy (Singapore)

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