Successfully Using Creativity to Navigate Through Grief


Grieving for a loved one or a cherished loss of any kind can be one of the most difficult experiences of a person’s life. In an effort to understand the very personal and unique healing process of grief, creative interventions are often useful. Comfort and success when working in this modality can be increased by focusing on three themes or goals. The three goals when creatively viewing grief work are: exploring and understanding complex emotions, redirecting energy with a positive focus, and forming a new identity after experiencing a loss.

The emotions a person experiences when grieving can often times be new and difficult to understand. People may find it particularly difficult to express themselves due to the fact that they have a lack of experience with these feelings. The difficulty of expression can make communicating about the loss impossible and this may lead to a longer more complicated grieving process. Through creative techniques greater expression can be fostered so that people are able to move through their individual grief process feeling more empowered and proactive.

SCC staff member Katie Furton will walk workshop participants through this process and offer suggestions for caregivers to help their care receivers with this methodology. 

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20th
Time: 2:30—4:30 p.m.
Location: Nardin Park UMC 29887 W. Eleven Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Cost: $15.00 if your church does not hold a subscription

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Our Services…

Samaritan Counseling Center offers psychotherapy and educational opportunities in many forms for many needs.

couple counseling

Therapy Services:

If you are facing struggles, it can help to talk to a therapist one-on-one to discuss problems and concerns.  This is frequently the primary method of treatment.  However, there are occasions when another person, important in your life, is included in the treatment.  Samaritan Counseling Center offers individual, couples, and family therapy.

Educational Programs:

If you are engaged, you may be interested in our Preparation for Marriage workshop.  This workshop is designed to provide structure for engaged couples to look at their relationship—to articulate its strengths and pinpoint the areas of potential difficulties. 

For clergy, therapists, and other professionals, we offer Prepare/Enrich Facilitator trainings.  Prepare/Enrich is a couples assessment that helps to identify strengths and growth areas.  It is one of the most widely used programs for assessing couples for premarital counseling and relationship enrichment.

For volunteers and caregivers, such as Stephen Ministers, we offer regularly scheduled Lay Caregiver Workshops that offer continuing education on a variety of topics.

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Convenient Locations…

Samaritan Counseling Center has therapists in eight locations across Southeast Michigan

main office outside


Locations in:

  • Farmington Hills (two locations)
  • Birmingham
  • Allen Park
  • Highland
  • Commerce Township
  • Brighton
  • Northville
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