South Pomfret, Vermont
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Living with Loss: A Creative Approach

Explore how the arts can help provide a creative channel for grief.

This weekly support group draws on the power of both the creative arts and human compassion to help participants traverse the challenging terrain of grief. In this confidential, non-discriminatory space, we welcome people of all ages and with various experiences of loss. This weekly group is free and ongoing: participants may attend as many sessions as they choose.  No artistic experience is required!  Co-facilitated by Ben Fox, LCMHC and Jess Stout, MSW.

Ben Fox, LCMHC, ArtisTree Art Educator & Coordinator, is a local expressive arts therapist with a long and diverse history of art and trades experience. A stained glass artisan in his youth, Ben sought further arts education at RISD and the Pilchuck School of Glass. Ben has a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies and a B.A. in Studio Art from Hamilton College. He has taught and worked in various creative fields such as making outdoor clothing and bags, fine woodworking, photography, and lately outdoor sculpture.

Jessica Stout has a professional background in clinical social work, with a focus on children and families in mental health settings. She holds a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College and an MSW from Columbia University. Recent personal experiences as a mother have prompted Jessica’s deep exploration of human grief, and have illuminated the power of creative expression and shared compassion.  Her 2015 publication Feel Me Brave: A Chronicle of Illness, Loss, and Living Beyond has led to various speaking engagements geared towards deepening public awareness about end of life care and the grieving process.