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Cafe Psychologique – End Notes

27th February 2018 - 8:00 pm

End Notes: the importance of mourning, commemoration and accepting loss.

Introduced by Ray French, Author and Editor

Humans have always found ways to mark significant losses and ritualise endings, death and transitions. As society in Britain continues to develop and diversify there are simultaneously wider choices how to do this, and also a looser connection to traditional forms of  commemoration. Possibly the most difficult time to try to choose how to mark a significant loss is while grief stricken, so there may be comfort in relying on the assumptions and rituals of our cultural, ethnic or faith communities. However, some of us are not engaged by these, or want or need to find our own ways of expressing our desire for commemoration.

Thanatology, the study of death, and its associated practices, has long understood the usefulness of ritual in facing a bereavement and then coming to accept it. This applies too to other forms of significant loss. This café will explore the importance of finding ways to mourn, commemorate losses, and accept them.

This café will be introduced by Ray French, an author and editor. Together with Cath McKay, Ray recently edited End Notes: ten stories about loss, mourning and commemoration. End Notes is a collection of 10 interlinked stories about loss, mourning and commemoration. The eBook is free to download here, as it’s funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, which is committed to free and open access for its projects.

Chat and think over a drink. Café Psychologique builds on the idea of the Café Scientifique movement and other Café such as Café Philosophique.

Hosted by Chris Powell.


Event Details

27th February 2018
8:00 pm
£4 on the door
Event Category:
Seven Artspace
31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD
0113 26 26 777

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