|Not much heating, thermal outdoor wear, yes, this lady and I are having the same kind of day|
- Sit around
- Do household things
- Pork shoulder
- Prepare room for Silent Pole
- A Graceful Death is coming to Brighton. I am delighted to link the exhibition with the Dying Matters Coalition who will help with the promotion, and are happy to be linked with us. I went to London to meet with them and had a very cheerful and productive meeting. AGD is showing during Dying Matters Awareness Week, and as such, will be given help and support. The dates and venue for this next exhibition and project are Tuesday 20 May to Friday 23 May inclusive, at St Peter's Church, Preston Park, Brighton. The theme of this year's Dying Matters Awareness Week is You Only Die Once (YODO). I will build this theme into the exhibition. I have asked for someone from Dying Matters to come and launch us on the opening night, which they didn't say no to, though I expect they will be a bit busy that week. But you never know! Zen, a thousand footsteps and all that.
- Dying Matters has asked me to write a guest blog for them. I said Is the Pope a Catholic, and so it was settled. In April, I will write of AGD and the work I do within it, and the effects of working in the way I do with the dying, through art. This ties into the AGD Brighton event, and will I hope, interest more people to come along. Of course it will. They will be arriving in Winter coats and hats, and fighting to get in to take part.
- I have written my first article for an on-line publication. A lovely journalist contacted me from e-hospice, to talk about AGD. The end product is that I have written something that will be published in two parts over Monday and Tuesday of next week, on the origins, the people, and the effects of the A Graceful Death exhibition. Over the next few months, e-hospice will link to the videos filmed by Eileen Rafferty, of the sitters talking to me about the end of life, as part of the project. They will also link to Lizzie Hornby's music which has been composed specifically for the exhibition, and to the articles, poems and words that people have written to be included in each event. This is to prepare for the Dying Matters Awareness week AGD in Brighton, which this journalist will then cover.
- I met with a documentary film maker, a lady who is, I think, very brave and clever, in Oxford. Along with two other Soul Midwives, one of whom had arranged the meeting, we talked over what work we do for the end of life, and she, being thoughtful, listened and asked questions. She is wanting to make a film about Soul Midwifery, and this was one of her first meetings with us. Her previous documentary was about the lives of the women in Amsterdam's red light district. We will get on well, she is not just a pretty face. I hope to be in this documentary. I would. She is also coming to the AGD Brighton event, to see what it's all about.
- AGD is also taking part in the Dead Good Day Out festival in Southampton on 10 May. This too is for Dying Matters Awareness week, and will be a day out for the whole family. Organised by colleagues Deb and Chris Wilkes, it promises to be just as they say, a Dead Good Day out -
Our date will be Saturday May 10th 2014....a date for your diary
This will be at the start of The National Dying Matters Awareness Week, 12-19th May 2014
It will be a multi-faceted event, covering many aspects of Death and Dying.
A welcoming day for all of the community, including families, health professionals, a diversity of faiths - an engaging, colourful, reflective and creative day with music, poetry, paintings, funeral planning, food, lectures, discussion groups, talks, coffin painting, will making, sugar skulls decorating , film screenings and more!
...all in all, a 'Dead Good Day out'. "
|Just on my way to the kitchen for a cup of tea and to gaze at the pork shoulder.|