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When Words are Not Enough: creative responses to grief


Everyone grieves for someone at some point in their lives. But how do we deal with the silence that often surrounds grief? How do we find ways to express painful feelings when words are not enough?

In this deeply personal and beautiful reflection on grief, Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds draw on their own experience of loss, and how the death of their son Josh has led to a creative response that is more than word bound.

In 2011 Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds’ son Joshua died in a road accident while travelling in Vietnam. In the years that followed they founded The Good Grief Project, a UK-based charity to support other bereaved families and to promote their understanding of grief as creative and active process.

This book follows their journey. It also tells the story of 13 other bereaved people who have also found a creative response to their grief.

JaneJimmy | When Words are Not Enough: creative responses to grief
Jane and Jimmy

The emphasis on ‘continuing bonds’ and their own way of maintaining a relationship with Josh, is both emotional and practical. Echoed in the other case studies they illustrate how creativity can shape a future where the deceased still play a part even while physically absent and how this is a normal and restorative aspect of the grieving process. Grief can also be a wonderful educator with new discoveries to be had.

Dotted throughout the book you will find boxes with reflections on current theories, and which explain the jargon you may hear used about grief.

In the ‘Ten Things we have Learned’ the authors share the most useful things they found on their own bereavement journey. Eleven years on they have
discovered how grief is almost by definition a creative process, one of making things anew that would not have existed had their son not died.

When Words Not Enough cover | When Words are Not Enough: creative responses to grief

Psychotherapist Jane and photographer and documentary film editor Jimmy drew on their own experience of loss after the death of their son Josh for “When Words Are Not Enough”, a creative response to grief. Taking in the experiences of 13 other bereaved people, this new book also charts their founding of The Good Grief Project, a UK based charity which promotes the understanding of grief as a creative and active process.

Joining Jane and Jimmy to talk about this invaluable new resource is retired palliative care doctor, Kathryn Mannix, author of another seminal book on grief, “With the End in Mind: How to Live and Die Well”. Together they will discuss how creativity can shape a future where the deceased still play a part.

Jane and Jimmy will also show a short film that they made to accompany the launch of their book.

Venue: Lansdown Hall, November 5th, 15.30 – 16.30

Tickets: £10 When Words Are Not Enough | What’s On | The Sub Rooms

The book is available locally at Stroud Bookshop and Made in Stroud, online at www.quickthornbooks.com 

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