Good Grief Event

Loved and Lost photography project

The Art of Pilgrimage – Reconnecting with the Past to Move Forward

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Many people embark on pilgrimages to pay tribute to loved ones who’ve died and to work through their grief. Reconnecting with places and journeys that were important to a loved one before their death can help us to engage with painful memories, to feel connected to those we have lost, and to heal.

In this session, we welcome a diverse panel of guests to discuss what pilgrimage means to them and how they have honoured the journey through writing, photography and personal experience.

Ian Ridley

Ian is a writer, journalist and former Sports Journalist of the Year who’s written 14 books. His latest, The Breath of Sadness: On love, grief and cricket, is a poignant account of coping with the death of his wife Vikki Orvice in 2019, a trailblazing sports journalist. In efforts to make sense of it all, Ian spent a summer watching cricket. He relived bitter-sweet memories in places that he and Vikki had visited together and found both sadness and solace in doing so.

Simon Bray

Photographer Simon is behind the creative project, Loved&Lost. It invites participants to consider their experiences of grief by re-staging a family photograph, revealing how photos and our connection to place can help us better understand grief. A family member might revisit an important spot, for example, only on their own rather than in the company of their lost loved ones (see image above) to explore the emotions this brings up.

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Facilitators

Facilitator Simon Bray

Simon Bray

Facilitator Ian Ridley with Vikki Orvice, Good Grief Bristol

Ian Ridley

Nikesh Shukla (c) Jon Aitken

Nikesh Shukla