There has been a lot of grief around my social circle of late, and it has got me thinking about the lack of rituals, spaces and dialogues around death in certain parts of our society. I think the Living with our Dead project might be of some assistance with dealing with the loss of so many loved ones, by opening up some discussion and offering some resources and giving people permission to talk about this stuff:
‘Living with our Dead is a project that fosters individual and community artistic expression, placing death as a significant part of life. The projects encourage personal and idiosyncratic expressions of how we live with our dead – our people, animals, flora and fauna. And through this, to understand what living with our dead may offer us as individuals and communities. The project is creating a new language and aesthetics of death and remembrance.
A Picnic among Friends is the first event of the Living with our Dead Project.
You are invited to pack a picnic lunch and to bring your family and friends- living and dead with you. It will be a day of picnicking, of celebration and ceremony led by Victoria Spence.
On Sunday November 7th 2010 at Girrawheen Park in Earlwood.
There will be opportunities to exchange what your dead have passed on to you and to contribute to a collective memory tree. It’s a day for kids and adults alike.’
Have a look at the website for further details, and if you spy Madame Moselle at the picnic please do come up for a hug.