By Jolene Oppawsky, PhD, LPC, ACS, DAPA
This article presents a therapeutic activity to help children who have experienced grief and loss deal with their problems by using toy musical instruments as adjunct tools to therapy. The purpose is to produce sounds that act as metaphors for children’s feelings. Additionally, this group, family, or individual therapy activity helps children externalize grief and loss and gives them a medium through which to practice grief work. This article details a step-by-step and practical clinical intervention developed by the author who depends on her own creativity and resourcefulness to help her clients. Two clinical vignettes are included.