Home » Arts in Medicine Coordinator discusses the Creative use of Labyrinths in Hospital Settings
July 23, 2009 – Texas Children’s Hospital
by Corbin B.P. Dodge
Arts in Medicine Program Coordinator, Carol Herron, made a radio appearance on ‘The Wisdom of the Labyrinth.’ Hosted by Lauren Artress, the radio program discusses the different uses of the labyrinth as a spiritual tool that leads people to perceiving a different reflection on the world and self. These reflections may be used in hospital settings as a supportive measure for patients and families who struggle with the stress of illness. Carol Herron, along with Texas Children’s Hospital Chaplain Pam Taylor, provided insight on the use of labyrinths and healing gardens for patients, families, and visitors at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
Carol Herron has tied the labyrinth project into the Arts in Medicine program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Children between the ages of 7-18 are educated about the labyrinth and are then able to choose a labyrinth they would like to walk with their fingers. Afterward, they are able to reflect on their thoughts through artistic expression.
The use of labyrinths with pediatric cancer patients has inspired Carol to begin using the project in different ways. “We had a child last week who chose not to use his fingers, but to follow the labyrinth with his eyes and we found that interesting,” said Carol. “It occurred that this opens up a whole new group that we can be using labyrinths with: children with spinal cord injuries who are not physically able to walk.”
The labyrinth project has garnered special attention from Cancer Center faculty as well. “Our physicians also advocate these modalities that incorporate the whole family because we don’t treat these children in isolation. The siblings as well as the patients are so affected,” said Carol.
Both the walking of the labyrinth and the reflection through artwork has led many pediatric patients and their families through an often difficult and trivial period in their lives.
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