Art for Soothing & Strengthening : Bereaved Mothers Art Group

Bereaved Mothers Art group  are a response to an expressed need for bereaved mothers to come together to express their grief,  share their grief with others who understand, and to mourn their longed-for babies who died.


“The death of a baby brings profound sorrow,” says Dr Renée Miller, Perinatal Clinical Psychologist.  The expression of this loss is beyond words. “Throughout pregnancy, mothers are primed to nurture and protect their babies. A relationship has been formed. A future has been imagined.

When a baby dies, mothers can feel heartbroken, lost, empty, isolated. Bereaved mums can anticipate future milestones with trepidation. Bereaved mums can feel that healing is impossible and that no one understands what they are going through, except other bereaved parents.”


Bereaved mothers are welcomed into my garden studio to explore, create and express their grief and love through art. I have developed Art for Soothing and Strengthening to provide a shared creative space for groups of people processing grief, loss and trauma.

In the bereaved mothers groups you don’t need to tell your story.  Comfort can be found by just being in the presence of other bereaved mums, while immersing yourself in your own creative expression. Ongoing bonds may emerge.

Art experience is not necessary. Clay is provided, along with soothing music, good coffee, and a nurturing environment.

I am a studio artist, with a PhD and an on-going research background in arts practice for recovery from trauma, loss and grief.  I invite you to visit other pages here my  for more information, pictures and stories about these types of groups.


When:             Wednesdays 5 and 12 December 2018.

Time:              10am to 1pm

Where:            Highett . 

Cost :             $180 two sessions, materials included

Booking:        is essential.  Book through TryBookings

Enquiries:     Anne Riggs PhD Artist.   You are welcome to call or email me.

                       0417 526 636

Download flyer 2018 Art for soothing & strengthening. Bereaved mothers


I am preparing a 2019 program of Clay and Mosaic workshops, and private art groups for bereaved parents, and families.  Please register your interest, with preferred times and days,  and I will send you information.