his winter Killruddery House and Gardens and Irish Hospice Foundation launch a new initiative inviting people to walk, talk, and explore what might be created after loss.
In 2016, Irish Hospice Foundation carried out a national survey where people said they’d like more places to talk about death and bereavement.
This winter of 2021 after two years of pandemic, while its gardens are closed to the general public, Killruddery House is offering this to people wanting to take a walk and talk through the sensations of winter.
These weekly sessions invite people to come together to discuss their experiences of death, grief, bereavement and healing. The Compassionate Culture Network is formed of seven locations around the country where people can use creativity to make sense from bereavement.
The uniquely beautiful gardens of Killruddery House are a perfect backdrop for this project in Wicklow.
Fionnuala Ardee says “ It is our pleasure to open the gardens for this small group, intent on prioritising communication and companionship, to exchange life stories, including that epic part of life; death. Poignant that it will be the winter gardens that will hold these walks and talks, that allow us all to look towards the light.”
Dominic Campbell of Irish Hospice Foundation says, “Over the last two years Irish people came together in many ways. As we head into winter Killruddery House’s collaboration with Irish Hospice Foundation and the support of The Creative Ireland programme is a beautiful space for those in need.”
These sessions will be held on Thursdays at 10.30am at the entrance area to the Grainstore Cafe, running until February 17th. Led by Andrea Scott of theatre company Floating World Productions.
Free to take part in, places are limited. Registration in advance is required, and you can do so here.
The project in Killruddery House is part of a larger nationwide IHF initiative, the Compassionate Culture Network supported by the Creative Ireland Programme whose aim is to use creative practice to establish opportunities for people to talk about loss. You can find out more here.
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