Grief is unique, yet universal.
This art installation is co-created by the bereaved, helping professionals, and the community. Through art, we provide the space for the bereaved to honour their memories and remember the connections with their loved ones. As support persons, the helping professionals and the community are invited to witness and acknowledge the diverse grief experiences.
COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION
TAPESTRIES OF GRIEF: WITNESSING THROUGH
Creating A Remembrance Ball
"We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world—the company of those who have known suffering."
I whispered into the ball after completing it. I held it in my hands and I said, “I love you, Ma”
Check out the stories behind the pieces made by bereaved individuals and persons who have supported them in their grief journey
Creating A Butterfly
"Each person's grief is as unique as their fingerprint. But what everyone has in common is that no matter how they grieve, they share a need for their grief to be witnessed. That doesn't mean needing someone to try to lessen it or reframe it for them. The need is for someone to be fully present to the magnitude of their loss without trying to point out the silver lining."
This is a remembrance ball made in memory of my husband...I recalled his good personality, strengths, and traditional values, how he has doted on me (always his first priority), appreciated my cooking, buy things for me, take good care of the children and parents as well as his sense of humour. It allowed me to make a connection with him, make something for him.
The ability to empathize and understand the quiet space needed for the bereaved person is important. Being in silence is okay, the presence is good enough. The words of comfort " It is okay to cry", show acceptance and non-judgement to allow the bereaved to be themselves and grief at their own time, without hiding their own emotions. It is a slow process, there is no need to rush to achieve something or to get over it...