The Art of Remembrance, workshop for bereaved families

Healing Arts Workshop for Bereaved Families touched by Cancer

This workshop is open to anyone who has lost someone to cancer. Families who have lost a child and/or a child (any age) who has lost an adult caregiver. A teacher, a friend, hospital staff. Cancer has a way of affecting all of us.

Our facilitators have used and shared collage, singing, writing, dancing and druming as a way of working through loss and grief. This experience has given them a deeper awareness of their own personal healing and a path to help others. Each modality of creative expression presented in this workshop can help grieving families as they strive to find meaning and learn to live with loss.

WHEN: Sunday March 13, 1:00pm-5:30pm *(please note that all five healing art workshops are first come first serve. Each facilitator will be able to work with 10 families).

WHERE: Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City

COST: $15 per family (money collected from ticket sales will go towards helping a family pay for funeral costs.)

Eventbrite - The Art of Remembrance


Christine Kovach, LCSW is in private practice in Alameda, California specializing in grief and loss, support for those facing serious illness and support for caregivers.  Prior to starting this counseling practice, she worked for 16 years as a hospice social worker in the Bay Area.  In addition to her clinical social work license, she holds a certificate in expressive arts therapy and finds that great healing can be fostered through creativity.  Her current work includes counseling with individuals and families, facilitating support groups for hospice staff members, facilitation of monthly art and spirituality workshops, co-facilitation of the Alameda Death Cafe discussion group, hospice volunteer trainings and facilitation of rejuvenation retreats for hospice and other medical staff.  


Coleen Lorenz, MA, BC-DTR, Reiki Master, Certified HeartMath Resilience Advantage™ Trainer and Board Certified Movement Therapist specializing in techniques for heart, body, mind, and soul integration. Coleen is the Founder of Arts Unity Movement and Artistic Director of the NewGround Theatre Dance Company. She is currently on faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University and Notre Dame High School teaching psychology and dance. Coleen has worked as a Clinical Supervisor and Movement Therapist at CA Pacific Medical Center and Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and DiDi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles.

Elisheva Herrera is Founder and CEO of Happy People Happy Planet™, a transformational company aimed at bringing more peace and happiness into the planet, and creator of Be Tao Now™ ~ I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living! the first iOS app ever to combine the 64 hexagrams of I Ching wisdom, special drumming sequences and guided meditation into an easy-to-use tool for healing and happiness! Elisheva is also a Certified HeartMath Resilience advantage™ Trainer, a Reiki practitioner and serves as Director of Fundraising and Marketing as well as class facilitator at AUM.


Cheryl Jones, is a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in grief. Her first wife, diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and given a six month-to-one-year prognosis, lived 8 ½ years beyond diagnosis. In that time, she and Cheryl engaged daily in the work of preparing for her death. They spent time with Stephen and Ondrea Levine (Who Dies and Grieving Into Life and Death). Cheryl studied with Richard Olney (founder of Self-Acceptance Training). After her wife’s death, Cheryl immersed herself in her own multifaceted grief, surprised by frequent moments of joy. During that time, Cheryl sang and put her hand in the dirt daily.

Along with her private practice, Cheryl is the host of the weekly radio program, Good Grief, at the VoiceAmerica Network, interviewing guests who, like her, transformed through loss. Cheryl is also a consultant and group leader at the Free Therapy Program of the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and developed and runs their Cancer and Illness CEU program.

Prayer Flags

Robin Modlin, MA is an artist, SoulCollage® facilitator and creator of participatory healing arts projects. She was awarded the 2004 Society for the Arts in Healthcare Blair Sadler award for “Prayer Flags for Sophia” and has organized flag projects at Ronald McDonald House and LPCH. These simple community based projects involve the whole family to create beautiful and meaningful tributes.


Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, is an author, patient advocate and social worker from Redwood City, California. Isabel works as a bereavement counselor at Mission Hospice in San Mateo, California and counsels children, teens and adults. She leads writing through loss groups for those who are grieving. Isabel has worked with families affected by childhood chronic illness, mainly cystic fibrosis (CF), for 25 years. She has volunteered for numerous cystic fibrosis and organ transplant agencies. After receiving a double lung transplant for cystic fibrosis herself, together with her late twin Anabel, Isabel published "The Power Of Two: A Twin Triumph over Cystic Fibrosis" in 2007. A subsequent Japanese edition was released in Japan in 2009. Their advocacy work inspired a documentary film also called "The Power Of Two," which examines the CF and transplant experience in the USA and in Japan. Isabel has spoken around the country on organ donation, end of life issues, grief and loss, patient empowerment, and therapeutic writing. She continues to write for several national newsletters.

If you need to speak with someone in person about this workshop, please feel free to call 650.877.2750 or email us at

Thank you Sponsors

art of generosity - $1500  

art of healing - $1000

art of caring - $500

In Kind Donation