Live Training

Grief through the Creative Lens:
Using Karuna Cards, Soul Cards and the Creative Toolkit

August 6, 2021

9am-12pm, PDT

Presented by

Claudia Coenen, CGC, FT, MTP

Grief Counselor

The Karuna Project

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Grief often calls for personal expression and often words are not enough.  Inviting clients to engage with color, shape, imagery and bits of paper sometimes meets with resistance since many people do not think of themselves as “creative.”  We all have imaginations and therefore the opportunity to view our grief experiences through a creative lens.  Approaching grief through the creative lens can benefit anyone who is grieving, no matter what the cause is.  The creative lens fosters a more multi-dimensional approach to grief, as the client uses sensory responses, various forms of expression and somatic awareness, as well as emotional and cognitive process.   

This module will use The Karuna Cards, a deck of creative ideas offering open-ended questions to process through journaling or in conversation with family, friends or a counselor or therapist.  The prompts to collage, draw or walk in nature encourage a deeper response to the inner distress of grief, whether related to death or a difficult life transition.  Soul Cards, a deck of touch drawing images by Deborah Koff-Chapin, will be used to demonstrate how responding to imagery can shift the narrative of grief.  Activity sheets from The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement designed to help investigate issues of identity, support, rebuilding one's life and discovering meaning in the midst of any grief situation will be explored as well, including how to use them in flexible ways.  Learners will have the opportunity to experiment with each of these tools.


  • Summarize the benefits of viewing and responding to grief using creativity;

  • Utilize three creative tools that can be applied during grief counseling sessions;

  • Respond to prompts accompanying the toolkit in reflective writing about personal loss; and

  • Describe how inviting imagination and personal expression can assist clients as they seek meaning in grief.

Note:  Attendance of the live training session confers credit of 1 Technique Module required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction, Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses.


  • Sample images and reflective prompts from The Karuna Cards and Soul Cards, with permission of the authors;

  • Selected writing exercises from The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement; and

  • Detailed guidelines and suggestions for utilizing each method in bereavement support and grief therapy.


  • 9am-12pm, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-3pm in New York, 5-8pm in London, and 6-9pm in Amsterdam.

The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.


Guest Presenter

Claudia Coenen, CGC, FT, MTP is a grief counselor and a fellow in thanatology with a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology with a focus on creativity.  She maintains a private practice in Hudson, NY, helping bereaved clients coping with the death of someone close, or with other grief related issues, such as divorce, transitional losses or illness.  Claudia presents workshops and talks on the benefits of a creative approach to grief, and on anxiety, vicarious trauma and pandemic grief.  Claudia is the author of The Karuna Cards, a deck of creative ideas for grief and difficult life transitions, Shattered by Grief: Picking Up the Pieces to Become WHOLE Again and The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioners Guide.

Claudia Coenen, 

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.