Memorial Art

Dove Lewis

Sponsored by Dignified Pet Services & DoveLewis

One of the best ways to navigate your grief when you lose a pet is memorializing them through art. Research shows that art and healing come from the same source. In fact, it is now known that when a person is creating art or is healing, this person will emit the same brain wave patterns. Art and healing is so powerful that hospitals are incorporating art into patient care.

Here are some important facts about the healing elements of art.

  • Participation in artistic activities can have measurable physiological results such as, reducing stress, improving the immune system, and easing pain
  • Creating art gives a voice and language to unknown emotions, feelings and behaviors Tapping into our creative energy can help a person to feel more alive, to gain inner wisdom, and to stay more completely in the present moment
  • When creating art, it uses the emotional and intuitive aspects of a person

This is a free community event. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Our Pet Loss Support Director, art therapist and certified grief counselor Enid Traisman, MSW facilitates this series of memorial art workshops. Each month offers a new opportunity to create something unique and take it home with you! Pets welcome in spirit only. Thank you for understanding.

Parking: our parking lot is very small, and fills up quickly during weekends and evenings when our hospital is at its busiest. For that reason, we ask that you park on the street.

We thank you in advance for leaving our parking lot open for DoveLewis emergency and ICU patients and clients.

Second Sunday of Every Month
DoveLewis Community Room
1945 NW Pettygrove, Portland

3:00PM - 4:30PM All Ages

Please bring photocopies of a variety of photos of your pet to incorporate into these memorial art projects.

The workshop includes an opportunity to create a piece of fused glass jewelry or pocket stone as a permanent remembrance using a small amount of their pets cremated remains as part of the design. Participants must be at least 10 years old to participate in this activity.

Examples of memorial art projects (click to view photo)
Fused glass using cremated remains
Personalized memorial candle
Picture frame
Memory Box

Click the links below to register for one of our upcoming Memorial Art Workshops

We receive numerous inquiries for these workshops and with limited space we want to ensure that the maximum number of people have the opportunity to enjoy these workshops. If you have attended a number of workshops in recent months, we ask that you wait to reserve space for an upcoming workshop until the Friday before to allow first time attendees the opportunity to sign-up. Please pick only one art activity – the monthly project or cremated remains glasswork. Thank you for understanding.

November 8, 2015 (all ages) 3:00 - 4:30PM
Project: Memory box or cremated remains keepsake.

December 13, 2015 (all ages) 3:00 - 4:30PM
Project: Memorial candle or cremated remains keepsake.

Space is limited. If you have questions, please call 503.234.2061. DoveLewis community workshops are FREE. Donations are welcome. 

Dove Lewis
Enid Traisman, M.S.W.
Certified Grief Counselor
Pet Loss Support Program Director