Arts, Grief and
Loss Skill Exchange
The Irish Hospice
Foundation will host an 'Arts, Grief and Loss Skills
Exchange' in Letterkenny, exploring how creative
compassionate communities and skilled professional
therapists can work together to support people in grief
The Arts and Creative Engagement programme was piloted
as a response to the pandemic, when all citizens were
affected by loss, and during a period where normal
patterns of grieving were disrupted.
Why use creativity and the arts to explore loss?
The arts help people process sensation into meaning. The
process of making something allows people to think and
feel differently. Crafting settles the mind. Creativity
opens the spirit. Linking experienced
artist-facilitators with a wider public in properly
resourced sessions, initiates meaningful conversations
on death, dying, and bereavement, while signposting
other health related services available locally for
those in greater need.
Why connect Health Care
Professionals, Artists, Craftsworkers and Creatives?
People can help themselves with creativity. Various
professionals help people in other ways. Better
understanding should make it possible for both to better
support those in need.
What’s happening and when?
Over two days in Letterkenny, on January 20th and
February 9th, people with a particular interest in this
area are exploring different approaches. Cancer Care
West, Artlink and Letterkenny Regional Culture Centre
are all bringing their support.
Want to know more?