Interview with the World Creativity channel
I was interviewed for World Creativity Day. I talk about creativity and trauma, co-design and grief, and the Artist’s Way.
‘Cry Heart But Never Break’ – by Glenn Ringtved
A beautiful book symbolising death with a profound message about grief and joy being siblings.
‘Sad Book’ – by Michael Rosen
Probably one of the more famous books about loss, with Michael Rosen’s typical humour shining through (and it is indirectly about his own experience of losing his son to meningitis).
Child Bereavement Network
Huge amount of resources and support here for professionals supporting grieving young people.
‘The Wild Edge of Sorrow’ – by Francis Weller
By far my favourite teacher on grief. Beautiful model of grief that welcomes in different forms of grief and sees the alchemical potential of grief.
‘Staring at the Sun’ – by Irvin Yalom
A classic text on coming to terms with our basic fear of death, by the classic existential psychotherapist.
‘The Worm at the Core’ -by Solomon et al.
Great book summarising the research from the Terror Management School, who showed through some brilliant experiments how much fear of death affects our everyday life.
‘A Monster Calls’ – by Patrick Ness
This book is aimed at teens, but I cried reading it, it is such a moving story, also made into a film which is quite good. Highly recommend buying this book.
Apart of Me
This is a therapeutic app we created after I worked in a hospice and realised the need for better support for young people. Has two pathways, one for young people who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness, another for bereaved young people. Has been used by over 90,000 people at time of writing, is being translated into 8 languages as we speak, and was shortlisted for a Bafta.
Life and Death Wisdom Course
Beautiful course created by Me! With guided meditations and lessons on working with ‘Fear of Death’, ‘Grief’, Life and Death Instincts.
‘Active Hope’ -by Joanna Macy
The best teacher on ecological grief, which is increasingly going to be an issue for people young and old. Some simple easy to access exercises in this book.
‘Denial of Death’ – by Ernst Becker
A classic text on how humans deny death and the consequences of doing this. A bit dense in places, but some really profound insights in here.
‘Five Invitations’ – by Frank Otaseski
Beautiful, Buddhist-inspired teachings on what death has to teach us about living fully.
‘Die Wise’ – by Stephen Jenkinson
He is a very deep, philosophical teacher about what death has to teach us about living sanely in a mad world.
An amazing movement started by therapist and Buddhist Jon Underwood, who died about 2 years ago now. Great place to recommend to people who aren’t quite ready for formal counselling, but want to explore death in a free, safe non-formal setting.
Death Over Dinner
A similar movement started in the States by Michael Hebb, helping give people the tools to talk about death over dinner.
‘Duck, Death and the Tulip’ – by Wolf Erlbruch
Symbolises death in a way young children can understand and be curious about (my 3 year old loves this book).