This Grief Thing with Fevered Sleep
This Grief Thing is a project that invites people to think, talk and learn about grief. It takes place in a series of shops where people can have conversations, and buy clothing and objects. It's for people who have experienced grief, and for people who haven’t.
From Friday 9 to Sunday 18 November 2018
Visit Fevered Sleep in their temporary home in the Whitworth Shop
Open during gallery opening hours
We’re living at a time when many people find death and grief – our own grief or other people’s – almost impossible to talk about. We don’t know what to say, what to do, or how to act. So, we stay silent, we pretend that grief doesn’t exist, or we hide it.
This Grief Thing pushes against this, by opening up conversations about grief and making it visible. During these 10 days, Fevered Sleep will host small group conversations about grief. Conversations will last approximately 1½ hours, and are open to everyone. They can be arranged with existing groups.
Grief Gatherings can also be hosted by other people, who can invite their friends, colleagues or family to come along. These gatherings might be at home, at work, in a cafe or down the pub. Each host will be given a box that contains items from the shop, some thoughts about grief, and suggestions on how to facilitate a conversation about it.
To take part in a Grief Gathering, or if you want to host one, please contact Fevered Sleep, by email or ring 020 3815 6430.
A Temporary Shop
This Grief Thing aims to open up conversations about grief and making it visible, and one of the ways it does this is by opening a Temporary Shop in accessible locations, one of them being the Whitworth.
Each shop is hosted by Sam Butler and David Harradine (artistic directors from Fevered Sleep). Customers can browse the collection, buy things, or talk with Sam and David about grief. The shop sells clothing, badges, bags and condolence cards which show words and phrases like Make Space For Grief and Grief Is Like The Weather or Grief = Love. These phrases can help conversations about grief to start.