Saturday 26 September, 2 – 4 pm
Rehearsal Space at The Island, Bridewell Street, Bristol BS1 2LE
There comes a time for every parent when they have to start answering many questions from their children. From why the sky is blue to where do babies come from – some are more awkward than others! When it comes to questions around death and dying, it may help to know your own thoughts and feelings first. Do you yourself have answers to the biggest of life’s questions? Are you comfortable talking about death?
Brought to you by Not Being Morbid and as part of When death comes, this two-hour workshop aims to help parents explore their own thoughts and feelings around death, to help them feel comfortable with the subject before children start asking questions, or are faced with bereavement.
The workshop will look at resources available to parents and children to help explain topics around death and dying, as well as encouraging and facilitating conversation between parents about ways of tackling the subject. Hosted by Emma Edwards, facilitator of Death Café Bristol and Not Being Morbid, and co-hosted by Amy Hurst, this aims to be an uplifting workshop. We don’t aim to provide conclusions or promote any belief-system, but instead to inspire parents to feel prepared, confident and comfortable with the subject matter.
Emma is the originator of Not Being Morbid. The idea is a culmination of her own journey through bereavement and death acceptance. She works as a solution-focused psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, and is particularly interested in working with clients with death anxiety. She is also training to become an end-of-life doula, and works with those with life-limiting and long-term illness. As well as personal experiences of death, she has always had a fascination with the history of death rituals and a love of art and culture inspired by the topic of death. Far from being morbid, she loves how the subject of death brings a vividness to life.
Emma is also the facilitator of Death Cafe Bristol.
“After losing my first son Archie in 2010, I knew that death was a topic we were going to have to become used to talking about in an honest and open way. Having three-year-old Arthur and his baby brother Osian means questions about death are inevitable; whether in relation to their brother, something they hear on TV or simply coming across a dead insect in the garden. I’m keen to think ahead about how to deal with death as an issue for our family and work with other parents as part of this.”
As well as helping out with Not Being Morbid, Amy volunteers at Bristol Sling Library and is training to become an Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Mother Supporter.