Friday, 28 September 2012

Another creative response to bereavement

Check out this website here

It uses film, photography and writing to explore responses to a

the death of a man's son in a car crash in Vietnam

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Notes from our first meeting

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11 September 2012

Phillipa had requested someone take some notes for the Dying Matters Coalition in her absence.
I am not sure it will be that sort of a meeting. I asked people to send me comments afterwards if they wished. I am starting a web log for the group members to share thoughts, feelings, poetry and pictures, if they wish to do so.

Christine has kindly sent some “well pictures” we might use.

Four of us gathered at seven o’clock in the crypt room at The Albion Beatnik bookstore. Three others sent apologies and will be there for future meetings. Brightly coloured poetry and poets’ names spiralled or striped the walls. The place had a kind of cosiness to it. Several people ordered tea and coffee from our ever helpful hosts, Lucie and Dennis.

I allowed the meeting to evolve organically rather than follow an agenda.

We shared something of who we are and why we were there.

Poems and pictures were shared.

Personal histories emerged. All of us have been through major bereavements in the not too distant past. We have all tapped into the well of creativity to help us reach different points on the journey through grief.

We started to explore the ways we had used our creative energies to help us through the grieving process and will be continuing to do so.

There was joy in this encounter at a raw and real level. I came away feeling high.

“Fallen among angels,” was one person’s description of her experience.

After about ninety minutes I started to suggest structural elements. We discussed confidentiality without a clear conclusion.

I would prefer it if things that are shared are only confidential if the sharer asks that they be so.

Anything personal will be checked with the author before it is shared or published on line.

We decided to give ourselves until the 30th of October before meeting again.

We may meet informally between sessions. I showed one member how to use the internet for the very first time this week.

The theme for our next meeting will be the “Kicking the Bucket” festival.

We will attend one or more event and report back.

Anticipating the kicking the bucket expression I share here a poem I read at the meeting.

Big Black Brick

At the end you did your cooking
In a big black brick
The base was very heavy
And the sides were awfully thick
The sauce would burn
While you relaxed
The washing up
It had me taxed

Although it was a part of you
From which we fondly fed
I’ll never use the thing again
Now you are dead

Next meeting: 30th October 6.30 p.m. at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton St Oxford.

Friday, 14 September 2012

                                           Welcome to the web log

We are creative artists who are concerned with death, dying and bereavement, and with ways in which art can play a transformative role in the lives of people who are dying or bereaved, and in the lives of friends and family of dead people. Currently we meet once a month in the crypt at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Walton Street in Oxford.

We meet to share our work, find inspiration and discuss the issues which concern us.

Publication   As time goes by we may publish things either on line or in real world media.

We support  The Dying Matters Coalition, which aims to bring the reality of death and dying out of the shadows and into the bright light of day.

On this blog you will find;

links to other helpful organisations and groups such as

The Journey onwards



Notes from meetings



Contact;         You should write to Nick Owen about joining the group