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This Grief Thing

This Grief Thing is a project that invites people to think, talk and learn about grief. It takes place in a series of shops where people can have conversations, and buy clothing and objects.

Time & Date: 10-5pm, Friday 14th September to Sunday 23rd September

Drop in between 14 September - 23 September

This Grief Thing is a project that invites people to think, talk and learn about grief. It takes place in a series of shops where people can have conversations and buy clothing and objects. It’s for people who have experienced grief, and for people who haven’t.

We’re living at a time when many people find death and grief - our own grief or other people’s - almost impossible to talk about. We don’t know what to say, what to do, or how to act. So we stay silent, we pretend that grief doesn’t exist, or we hide it. This Grief Thing pushes against this, by opening up conversations about grief and making it visible.

A temporary shop

The shop sells clothing, badges, bags and condolence cards which show words and phrases like 'Make Space For Grief' and 'Grief Is Like The Weather' or 'Grief = Love'. These phrases can help conversations about grief to start. Everything is priced on a pay what you want basis.

Grief gatherings

During these 10 days, Sam and David will host small group conversations about grief, either in the shop or in community spaces. Conversations will last approximately 1½ hours, and are open to everyone. They can be arranged with existing groups.

Grief Gatherings can also be hosted by other people, who can invite their friends, colleagues or family to come along. These gatherings might be at home, at work, in a cafe or down the pub.

Each host will be given a box that contains items from the shop, some thoughts about grief, and suggestions on how to facilitate a conversation about it.

Fevered Sleep

Fevered Sleep make performances, installations, films, books and digital art for adults and for children.

For more details visit Fevered Sleep.

 

This Grief Thing is part of the Lancashire Encounter Festival programme. Lancashire Encounteran is an authentic voice for Lancashire, celebrating the breadth of the County's diverse cultural offer with high quality and high profile arts. Taking place every other year at the end of September, Lancashire Encounter sees the city of Preston buzzing with life and alight with creativity.

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Address

St George's Shopping Centre
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 2TU

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