To book a free space for the Grief Gathering please click on the link above.
The Art of Grieving is hosting this Grief Gathering in collaboration with Fevered Sleep whose project 'This Grief Thing' invites people to think, talk and learn about grief.
Many people find death, grief and loss very difficult to talk about. As a society we often don't know what to say, what to do, or how to act when confronted by grief or loss. This can result in people staying silent, pretending that grief doesn't exist, or hiding their grief. This Grief Thing Project pushes against this by providing compassionate and inclusive spaces for gatherings that open up conversations about these difficult parts of life.
The gathering is an inclusive space. where people can share thoughts, feelings, ideas and experiences or just listen to others. Any age, gender, race, or faith are welcome.
We aim for a maximum of 12 people so booking is essential.
This 'Tree of Life' workshop is for everyone - participants do not need to be artistic. The workshops will be in a creative and supportive setting, led by an art therapist.
The workshop uses the image of a tree to tell a life-story. Starting with the roots, participants will use art making to make their own tree. Each person in the group will make a unique tree, which captures them and the important people in their lives. The Tree of Life is a hopeful way to think about challenges and experiences in your life and to spend time reflecting on your strengths and personal resources.
This workshop will be in the Verulamium Museum in St Albans on Saturday 25th November from 11.15am - 3.15pm and will cost £10. All necessary art materials will be provided. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. We would like to encourage attendees to bring a packed lunch if possible but there is a cafe a short walk away in the park if preferred.
(Please email us if the £10 cost is prohibitive).
This amazing documentary follows artist Preston Zeller, who feels compelled to take on a year-long creative project after the sudden death of his 35 year old brother. Preston decides to create an intuitive abstract painting every day for 365 days as a way to process his grief and he shares the ups and downs of this momentous challenge in the film.
This award winning and thought provoking film also addresses why Western culture is so poor at dealing with grief and explores whether art can help.
Following the screening there will be a Q & A with filmmaker and artist, Preston Zeller and clinical director of the Art Therapy Project, Lindsay Lederman.
Profit from the screening will be donated to Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
Ugly Bucket Theatre
A dying man’s last wish: for his friends to create a show about death. 'It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely... exciting, innovative work' - The Stage
Featured by BBC Stories, Good Grief is a paranormal physical performance of loss, and the memories left behind, brought to you by ‘one of the UK’s most exciting young theatre companies’ – New Diorama.
Profit from the performance will be donated to Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Ollie Foundation.
Do you believe in Magic?
This amazingly poignant and unique show, which has been to the Edinburgh Fringe, was created by Beverley about her journey with grief following the death of her son, Jess Fairweather, who took his own life in October 2018, aged 20.
In October 2020 Beverley said, “Finding Magic is about my ups and downs and the grief process so far, but it’s also broader than that it’s about finding life force, finding magic and looking at what it is that makes us feel alive. ''
C Arts said 'Equal parts moving and magical, Finding Magic is a story of loss, longing, love and laughter.'
As part of The Art of Grieving Festival 2022 The Ollie Foundation is facilitating a Zentangle session. The session will provide 90 minutes of calm where, regardless of artistic ability, participants can enjoy creating a unique and beautiful piece of art. Through their work, participants will consider that there are no mistakes, only opportunities, that we are all unique and we can all create something beautiful. No artistic skills are needed for this mindful art session that offers relaxation, connection and a metaphor for life.
Five Days To Say Goodbye is a 20 minute screenplay based on Beverley Bishop's final days with her son Jess in the funeral home. In Beverley's words 'It is a story of love, loss and life after tragedy. It is a story I felt the need to tell, in the hope that it would help others.'
'Five Days to Say Goodbye impacted me in a powerful way. I cried and I smiled as Beverley remembered and paid tribute to Jess, while seeking to understand and respect the decision he made. I truly believe the film will have a positive impact on the lives of others who watch it. A moving and powerful testimony.'
David Richardson, Vice Chancellor, UEA
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
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