SINGAPORE – A three-week program with an art exhibition and workshops focused on grief and loss will take place next month.
The series of events, Tapestries of Grief, is organized by Grief Matters, a movement of the Montfort Care social service agency that promotes literacy and grieving practices in the community that support grieving people.
More than 450 works of art will be presented in the exhibition, titled Tapestries of Grief: Witnessing Through Art Therapy, in Plaza Singapura from September 4 to 25.
They were co-created by bereaved people, with professionals – doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors and art therapists – helping them, in collaboration with 15 community partners such as Assisi Hospice, Children’s Cancer Foundation and Samaritans of Singapore.
There will be free workshops led by counselors and therapists, exploring the experience of grief through different mediums, from poetry to music and art.
The program will also include virtual lectures by professionals and bereaved on topics such as how to support children in their grieving process, legal and emotional aspects of handling the affairs of a deceased loved one, bereavement. anticipation that occurs when diagnosed with terminal illnesses, and how grieving spouses or parents who have lost their children can cope with their grief.
Ms Chee Wai Yee, senior director of Grief Matters at Montfort Care, said the program hopes to give voice and support to those grieving, and encourage reflections and conversations about how to support a grieving person.
She added: “Grief is often so personal, but it is a universal experience – we are all doomed to suffer loss in our lives, in one way or another.”
The program of events will conclude with the 2021 Bereavement and Mourning Conference, hosted by the Singapore Hospice Council, from September 20 to 24.
Those who wish to know more about the festival can visit this site.
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