Engaging in grief rituals is one way to help individuals cope with loss during traumatic and transitional events (Castle & Phillips, 2003). Creating scrapbooks that incorporate personal, symbolic objects is one activity that has been highly ranked as a preferred grief ritual in individuals dealing with loss (Castle & Phillips, 2003). Scrapbooks can serve as a catalyst for communication and discussion between individuals and their families, as well as provide an opportunity to connect and share with peers (McCarthy & Sebaugh, 2011). The use of scrapbooks may be particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty expressing their feelings with words (Karns, 2002), or for children who are unable to verbalize their feelings (Williams & Lent, 2008). This brief literature review examined the benefits associated with scrapbooking for individuals experiencing grief and loss. A knowledge translation plan offering suggestions for incorporating findings into recreational therapy practice is also provided.
Author Joanna King, Brooke Prout, Amanda Stuhl, Rhonda Nelson
Volume Vol 50, No 1 (2016)