Lasting Reflections: Legacies of a Lifetime
While life is beginning to return to normal for some people, several million people are still living with the trauma of loss, and not being able to grieve properly.
We are still surrounded by news about loss and numbers about the pandemic every day. What are the voices of those loved ones we lost? The lives behind the numbers? What was their story, their experiences? And how do we celebrate these everyday conversations, sounds and reflections? What would be your families sound legacy?
Sound Artist, Isaac Gibson, from the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast has developed a project titled ‘From My Perspective’ which involved interviewing patients from the Day Hospice at Marie Curie Belfast. He has created a creative way to preserve both the patient’s voice and memories (combined with sound design) for their family to keep in the form of a physical ‘Memory Box’ that is capable of playing back the recorded experiences and reflections through speakers or headphones.
By developing these unique memory boxes, Isaac has created a soundscape that celebrates life, childhood, adolescence, education, employment, adult life, relationships and parenting across the generations. Isaac will be hosting workshops throughout the day, helping you create your own memory box.
There is also the chance to leave behind your own commemoration and pandemic reflection in the Wall of Reflection space and speak to local community bereavement services.
Let’s make the legacy of the pandemic one of compassion, love and active support for those who grieve, both now, and in the years to come.