The ‘Navigating Grief Webinar: How do we navigate grief during the pandemic and begin to heal?‘ webinar involving a panel of leading professionals was a huge success. It explored their creative approaches and practice whilst exploring loss and grief, followed by a Q&A chaired by Norwich Theatre Chief Executive, Stephen Crocker.
An audio recording will be added when available to accompany the programme below:
9.30am Welcome and Introduction by Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre, and brief discussion with Anne Beckett-Allen, Rosedale Funeral Home.
9.45am Dr Jules Findley, University of Brighton Centre for Arts and Wellbeing – https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/persons/jules-findley
Jules Findley’s practice-based research is in embodied materiality, which has led to questioning in-depth areas of emotions around complicated grief, trauma and memory using the methodology of affect and repetition in making paper, evolving into paintings, drawings and sculpture.
10.00am Douglas MacGregor, Songs of Loss and Healing
Douglas MacGregor is a composer, musician, educator and ethnomusicologist. His last album, Songs of Loss and Healing, was an instrumental guitar album that explored the loss of his mother 25 years earlier when he was only 7, while his ethnomusicology research focuses on the cross-cultural role music plays in death and grieving rituals around the world.
10.15am Bev Bishop
Bev Bishop is a theatre maker and passionate advocate of the arts and its power to change lives. Bev creates performances and films that are thought provoking and personal. Her performances are often but not always biographical and usually focus on difficult subjects, with the aim that it is always hopeful, quirky and embedded in humour.
10.30am Laura McGill and Sarah Lewis, Glass House Dance –
Glass House Dance was set up to take contemporary dance into the heart of the community. They create essentially human, touching dance experiences with wide appeal for performance in public space.
Sarah and Lewis will be discussing ‘best practice in the arts: Safeguarding artists from stress and mental ill health when exploring the matter of grief’.
10.50am Q&A with Artists, chaired by Stephen Crocker
11.10am How do we navigate grief during the pandemic and begin to heal? Panel discussion, chaired by Stephen Crocker
Anne Beckett-Allen, Rosedale Funeral Homes
Anne joined the funeral profession at the age of 16 and had to wait until her 18th birthday before she could receive her Diploma in Funeral Directing. She was a founding Funeral Director of Rosedale and is now one of the most highly qualified funeral directors in the country. Alongside her role as Director of Rosedale, Anne is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Mental Health First Aid England, trains potential funeral directors for the National Association of Funeral Director’s Diploma in Funeral Directing and has also been a VQ Assessor and lecturer for the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services at Bath University.
Anne is passionate about supporting bereaved children and is a trustee of local children’s bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey.
William Armstrong, President of Norwich and Central Norfolk Cruse, Patron of Nelsons Journey and Chair of Norfolk Suicide Bereavement Partnership
Norfolk born lawyer William Armstrong spent almost two decades as Coroner in Norfolk and also sat as a Mental Health Tribunal Judge. He is a past Sheriff of Norwich and was the first Chair of Healthwatch Norfolk. A Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral he has an honorary doctorate from UEA. William Armstrong is involved in supporting the bereaved through being President of Norwich and Central Norfolk Cruse, Patron of Nelsons Journey and Chair of Norfolk Suicide Bereavement Partnership. He was made OBE for his support for the bereaved and his work for charity. Mr Armstrong believes passionately that we should talk more openly about death and offer effective and practical support to those experiencing the loss of loved ones.
Ryan Doubleday, Nature and Nurture Therapeutic Services – http://www.natureandnurturetherapeutic.com/about-us/
Ryan Doubleday is the founder of Nature and Nurture who offer unique and individualised support to children, adolescents and adults by utilising the relaxing and therapeutic surroundings of the natural world.
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship issues, significant life changes, or are just going through a difficult time, Nature and Nurture’s non-judgemental innovative approach could be the answer you’re searching for.
They don’t believe people fit neatly into boxes and have developed a revolutionary approach to help people who may find traditional counselling/talking therapy methods too intimidating and intense. They tailor support to meet your needs and sessions are held in the countryside, the woods, beaches, or on our boat ‘Spirit Of Joy’
Fiona Gosden, Director of TimeNorfolk
Fiona Gosden is the co-director of TimeNorfolk, alongside her husband, Tim. TimeNorfolk provides support across Norfolk to anyone who has been affected by pregnancy loss or stillbirth. They also support anyone experiencing infertility, pre or postnatal depression.