THUNDER BAY – Hospice Northwest, in partnership with Image Studio of Dance, will present a photography exhibit at the Community Hall of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery from April 9-30 titled A personal lens on grief.
“A Personal Lens on Grief is a project that Hospice Northwest and a few community partners have been working on for about a year,” said Cherie Kok, executive director of Hospice Northwest.
“And what it is is an opportunity for artists as well as people going through the loss of a loved one and it’s an opportunity for them to show what grief looks like to them.”
The exhibit features photographs and stories from 20 participants and focuses on each participant’s experience of grief.
“I walk people through the grieving process a lot and one of the things I hear a lot is that they think there’s something wrong with them. It’s almost like what’s wrong not at home, is it normal for me to do this? said Claudia Otto, choreographer, Image Studio of Dance.
“And so having that experience for them, it really normalizes something that is a process and it’s not a disease to overcome.”
The exhibition kicks off April 9 with a grand opening celebration from 3-4:30 p.m. that will feature music by Women in Black and a special dance performance titled Cycles of Grief by Image Studio of Dance that was choreographed specifically to reflect the theme. of the project “What does grief look like to you?”
The Personal Lens on Grief project was designed to focus on participants’ personal experiences on their grief journeys and organizers say that by sharing our grief together as a community we encourage discussion, collaboration for change and building a supportive community.
Hospice Northwest will also be offering two bereavement workshops at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery:
Dealing with grief through movement The workshop, which will take place on April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m., will be led by Claudia Otto and Marlene-Stirrett Matson, teachers from the Dance Image Studio.
expressive art The workshop will take place on April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be facilitated by Hospice Northwest volunteer Sadie Mallon.
A movie night will also be held on April 27 from 5-7 p.m., during which a video from Personal Lens on Grief will be screened.
For more information or to register for workshops, please contact Jessica Bruce, Bereavement Program Coordinator at 626-5570, ext. 5580, email her at [email protected] or visit the HNW website.