Sharon Strouse,

A year after her 17-year old daughter Kristin ended her own life; Sharon immersed herself in a creative process involving collage which became the foundation for her book, Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing.

Additional published works can be found in Neimeyer: Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Thompson and Neimeyer: Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, as well as two upcoming Routledge publications, DiMaria: Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy: 50 Clinicians from 20 Countries Share their Stories and Gershman and Thompson: Healing Realities: The Art of Dreamscaping in Grief and Loss.

She is a board member on the Johns Hopkins Medicine: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Sharon is co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation ( a non-profit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of Mental Health through education and the arts. In addition to national workshops, she leads weekly art therapy circles and spiritual and intuitive development circles for survivors of loss.

She is a grief and bereavement specialist and workshop presenter for:
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Columbia University: School of Social Work
  • The American Art Therapy Association
  • The Expressive Therapies Summit
  • The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
  • The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
  • The American Association of Suicidology (AAS)