Louise Blackwell

Image: Garry Cook

This Grief Thing by Fevered Sleep

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.

The shops have appeared in Preston, Manchester, Middlesbrough and Nottingham so far. The next residency will take place in Bristol from 11-17 May 2020 as part of Good Grief Festival. We’ll announce the location and shop opening times soon.

During these shop residencies, Sam and David will host small group conversations about grief, either in the shop or in community spaces.  Conversations will last approximately 1 ½ 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.

To take part in a Grief Gathering, or if you want to host one, please contact us.

Email: griefgatherings@feveredsleep.co.uk or Tel: 020 3815 6430

In each place we open a shop we’ll also run a billboard and poster campaign, which asks the question Can we talk about grief?  Our aim is to make grief highly visible and to gently ask why we can’t talk about it, reaching out to people who might never encounter the project in other ways.

The items on sale in the shops are also available to buy online. Click HERE for more information.

Supported by Arts Council England, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Wellcome Trust.

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