One or two things I have been involved in recently:
I have been enjoying working with a small team, based at Centre for Death and Society, looking at the relation between cremation funerals and grief over time. With colleagues from Utrecht University and Bath University we are now a year into a 30 month longitudinal study, which is funded by Dignity Funerals. You can read more about this project here.
A year ago I was privileged to present a keynote address at the annual Cremation and Burial Commuication and Education conference which is hosted by the Cremation Society of Great Britain and the Federation of Burial and Cemation Authorities. In March this year, the presentation has been published in Pharos International, the Journal of the Cremation Society. You can read the article here
Amng recent invitations to present training and information events about loss and bereavement I was delighted to be asked to lead a semi-public event for Finn's Place, an exciting community outreach project in the South side of Glasgow. Thanks to their advance publicity 50 people arrived for the event, the first time I had led such an "open" event. Feedback included:
- Informative, but meaningful and helpful.
- Very interesting and informative.
- Well presented.
- Good pace to take in all the information.
- Honesty. Respect for us and kept us safe.
- Appreciative of the whole evening, thanks.
I am sure there is scope for more such public evenings exploring grief and bereavement.
I have been continuing to offer consultancy to various bodies, including Scottish Government departments, and various charities involved in funeral poverty work. I have also been involved, on behalf of Cruse Scotland, facilitating work for Aberdeen Council on creating a memorial following the "baby ashes scandal" which affected families there as well as across other areas of Scotland.