Date of Award

Spring May 2011

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Marital and Family Therapy

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts


This heuristic research examines the personal and therapeutic importance of exploring ones cultural interpretations of death and dying. The research began at a Día de los Muertos celebration in Los Angeles, CA and my observations of that event were used as an inspiration to create meaningful art. Through analysis and examination of the artwork I addressed my individual and clinical struggles regarding death. The knowledge I gained exploring my own questions concerning death and dying can be used to avoid encumbrances to my provision of effective therapy in the future.