2017 Art list – with narrative

 

See below images and words from last year’s contributors.

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Comfort

Staff members hand-made these items to give the room homely comfort for people who are dying and have no close relatives to be with them.

Staff members also sit with the person all the time, day and night, so they are never alone.

Author: Brabyns Residential Home, Marple

Remember Me

We had made poppies for Remembrance Day to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Our nurses wore them with pride.

Whilst visiting one of our palliative patients at home, he enquired about the poppy and asked if it was possible to order three poppies for his wife and two daughters. He felt it would be an appropriate everlasting remembrance of him.

It was a privilege and an honour to meet his dying wish.

This piece of art is our tribute to him and all those who have given so much.

Author: Doreen Keighley and Julie Lindley

Dia De Los Muertos

This canvas has been planned and implemented by 54th Bolton (Christchurch) Guides who are part of the girl guiding movement.

The leaders discussed dying matters week and explained the idea of the canvas to the guide group and they then decided how they wanted the canvas to look. They participated in the mindfulness activity creating their masks, whilst doing this we held discussions around death and dying and spoke about why it was important to each of us. This often tied into topics being addressed at school during RS and PCSE lessons.

They also had the opportunity to talk about personal issues surrounding death and dying if they wanted to, either in a group setting or individually if needed. The girls have found this to be a really informative and interesting activity which they have enjoyed despite their initial reservations.

Author: 54th bolton girl guides

Memories

This painting brings me happy memories of when i used to go for country walks with my wife.

Author: Les Calderbank

Joined Up Thinking

Made from recycled materials this is a group work by day hospice patients with contributions from staff and volunteers. It is an example of what can be achieved together against an acknowledged backdrop of life-shortening illness in an open, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Author: Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Cherish Every Moment 

I was given 1% survival after a car accident. I thought of this well-known saying a lot during my rehabilitation: ‘Get busy living or get busy dying’.
Sadly we are all going to die at some point, through illness, an accident or old age. Nobody likes talking about death, so let’s talk about it.
By the time you have read this, someone has taken his or her last breath.

Author: Stephen Smith

Hands Together Forever 3

It represents the final moments as a family member leaves this world being held ( holding hands ) by their family member/loved one.

It is a keepsake memory of those final minutes /hours for their life, being together , not alone , peaceful and pain free.

It will bring back that time in the years to come, when they recall and look at the end of life photograph.

No words will be needed, just to capture the moment, will bring the memories back.

Author: Gali Taylor

Hands Together Forever 2

It represents the final moments as a family member leaves this world being held ( holding hands ) by their family member/loved one.

It is a keepsake memory of those final minutes /hours for their life, being together , not alone , peaceful and pain free.

It will bring back that time in the years to come, when they recall and look at the end of life photograph.

No words will be needed, just to capture the moment, will bring the memories back.

Author: Gali Taylor

Hands Together Forever 1

It represents the final moments as a family member leaves this world being held ( holding hands ) by their family member/loved one.

It is a keepsake memory of those final minutes /hours for their life, being together , not alone , peaceful and pain free.

It will bring back that time in the years to come, when they recall and look at the end of life photograph.

No words will be needed, just to capture the moment, will bring the memories back.

Author: Gali Taylor

A Daughter And Her Farther

I was inspired by People who have lost loved ones, taking the time to listen to someone’s story, reminiscing over their memories, knowing that their journey is almost complete.

Author: Elizabeth Lloyd

Be Good To Your Brain

There are so many things we are told not to do in society, don’t eat this, don’t drink that, there are so many things that could contribute to Dementia, foods, lack of sleep, dizziness, maybe we are what we eat/drink, our brain is our super computer and is set to send and retrieve messages to make the other bits and bobs run like clockwork, it pays to look after it.

Author: Elizabeth Lloyd

Dementia

Caring for individuals living with Dementia inspired me to write this poem, it is filled with thoughts, fears ad facts.

Individuals living with Dementia do become frustrated ,but more at themselves as they lose control and it’s hard to explain how you are feeling or why your angry when you have already forgotten.

Preferences, choices, rights should be upheld, do people who can’t speak for themselves get treated the same way as someone who is able to communicate, people with Dementia need a little more time to respond, they need questions to be simplified in a way that they will understand, this can be variable due to levels of progression in the illness, I hope that people can relate to my poem.

Author: Elizabeth Lloyd

Our Teddies 

The two fur coats were worn by myself and Mum so, because I did not want to get rid of them, I thought it was a fantastic idea.

In remembrance of her I had both fur coats made into teddies in honour of her memory.

It evokes thoughts of Mum and the times we had together. It is a very dear memory for the grandchildren too and they can remember their great nana by it.

We have the teddies sat on the bed in the bedroom dressed in old t-shirts from Australian relatives, which my son used to wear when he was a youngster. On the wall we have various photographs of Nanna Johnson and my son.

Author: The Johnson’s Bear Company

Curtains

This photograph depicts the beravement of a loved one’s death. The title “Curtains” derives from the way the make’s hands are positioned, to represent drawing the curtains in someones life.

The black and white, dark, moody atmosphere created by low light signifies death and decay and how someone would feel enclosed and lonely after a loved one’s passing.

Author: Ella Dawson

Going Home

I would like to think that this is where we will all gather together. To lose loved ones is heart-breaking but to know that we will all be reunited is what matters. After a long maybe hard life we all return home to a warm sunny place to be with our loved ones. It is our reward. This is not the end, this is the beginning.

Author:

Gone but never forgotten

The work was made by staff who loved and took care of the ladies and made to love and respect their memories. Happy days laughing and sharing funny stories

Author: Staff at Park View

Dignity Tree

Created to show the names of residents that have passed away.

Author: Laburnum Court

Holy Mary

Godfrey painted the statue of the Holy Mary which gave him great inner peace in the last stage of his life

Author: Godfrey Longmire

Fly Free

It represents that we can feel trapped at trapped at difficult times in life, but life forces and energy can set us free to become who we are.

Author: Gwyneth Roper

Dementia cushion

The cushion and blanket were made for a resident who has no passed away, it is shared with other residents to use and it enables us to remember her, it reminds us of the happy times together.

Author: Wentworth House

Happy memories of Dad

The art was created in memory of Jean’s dad. It reminds us of happy memories and Jean’s mum talks to the picture everyday.

Author: Jean Lloyd

Little blossom and the bumble bee

The tree was planted in memory of our baby, it blooms in March when the photo was taken and helps us there to remember

Author: Marie Roberts

The Rainbow

The rainbow is all the emotions that family and staff have, when working in a care home, on a day to day basis about how we feel, and how we support each other, but there is always light at the end of the rainbow.

Author: Catherine McClean Activities co-ordinator at Swinton Hall

The butterfly and the Rose

The picture was painted by Jean and her son, who has now sadly passed away. Robert and Jean would enjoy craft groups together. The picture illustrates their special time of being together and their love for each other.

Author: Jean and Robert Flyn

Forget me not

The art is created as part of a craft group to remember residents who have died and live on in our hearts. It reminds us of the people we have loved and lost at the home.

Author: Staff and residents of Pemberton Fold

Being Me

Patients described that they wanted to be themselves as long as they can. Many patients talk about how illness can take away their independence, energy and body image but what it can’t take away is their spirit, laughter and memories. It is a hopeful painting that in spite of illness they can still have the desire to continue with some of their dreams.

Author: Daniela Frediani and the Daycare patients at St Ann’s (Little Hulton)

Capture

Colours of the flower captured on a sunny day, reminding me if family as i go through treatment for cancer.

Author: Stephen Wilson

The Fabric Of The Past

This is a recording of my emotional reaction to my visit to auschwitz Birkenhau in Poland. I chose to take a texturual and abstracted approach to this, using the elements of colour and texture to display the heavy and subdued atmosphere that i felt in Auschwitz. Each board is inspired by a part of the historical site that affected me the most; the children of Auschwitz, the sinister woodland millions of innocent people that lost their lives there.

Author: Jessica Massey

Sweet Sweet Mourning

This piece represents the three stages of mourning.

These stages include anger that they have been taken, sorroe from missing them and reminiscing and loving the memories you had. the childlike aesthetic represents that children are very clever with their emotions and i wanted to show how you feel. The sweets represent how were sweet and loving. the gingerbread men portray how it is okay to cry and the deceased want us to be happy and not in pain.

Author: Jessica Banks

Sweet Sweet Mourning

This piece represents the three stages of mourning.

These stages include anger that they have been taken, sorroe from missing them and reminiscing and loving the memories you had. the childlike aesthetic represents that children are very clever with their emotions and i wanted to show how you feel. The sweets represent how were sweet and loving. the gingerbread men portray how it is okay to cry and the deceased want us to be happy and not in pain.

Author: Jessica Banks

Sweet Sweet Mourning

This piece represents the three stages of mourning.

These stages include anger that they have been taken, sorroe from missing them and reminiscing and loving the memories you had. the childlike aesthetic represents that children are very clever with their emotions and i wanted to show how you feel. The sweets represent how were sweet and loving. the gingerbread men portray how it is okay to cry and the deceased want us to be happy and not in pain.

Author: Jessica Banks

Silk Scroll

Painting these pre printed silk designs is always popular in day services at Willow Wood. It is a process that gives stunning results. People are surprised to discover a creative streak that has lain undiscovered throughout their lives. We are usually so busy. We earn a living, bring up a family, run a home, socialise, fight illness, and care for family members struck by ill health. we often find little time to carve out some space in which we can tap into that spark of creativity that we all have but rarely express.

So, people are often delighted with this activity and the opportunity to develop techniques and express their sense of colour. It can also be very meaningful to create something unique which can be shared with others, especially those who are special to us. It is something they will treasure and remember by.

These pictures were painted by F, who seized upon this activity with gusto and did many at home. He then pressured them to me in my role as a volunteer art and craft worker at Willow Wood. I have mounted them onto this wall hanging in his honour, remembering his enthusiasm and his skill at reaching out to people.

Author: Jessica Banks
Author: St Ann’s Primary Pupils
Author: J Tanter
Author: EW Griffiths
Author: A person associated with Dr Kershaw’s Hospice
Author:A person associated with Dr Kershaw’s Hospice
Author: Maureen Tighe
Author: Maureen Tighe
Author: Edward Barber
Author: A person associated with Dr Kershaw’s Hospice
Author: E Hanson
Author: Kim Marsh
Author: B Garner
Author: Maureen Tighe

Wall Hanging

Craft activities form part of the therapy offer in day services at Willow Wood.

This piece’s was completed as a shared project worked on by several women facing terminal diagnoses and the end of their lives. They worked with a commitment, enthusiasm and intensity that reflected a shared sense of both purpose and vulnerability. they took pleasure in being able to explore their creativity at a time of great personal difficulty and also shared a courafe and dignity in facing the path they all had to tread.

What they produced glows with life and hope.

Textiles such as this represent the domestic, what has always been seen as the female sphere of influence. though this is to some extent changing, women still, on balance, perform the majority of the house hold tasks. Their deaths can leave male partners with the considerable challenge of learning new domestic skills at a time when they also feel vulnerable.

The peice is pre printed cotton, couched, appliqued and embroidered before being machine quilted and bound.

In memory of F, B and I and everyone else who has contributed their times and ideas.

Author: Willow Wood

Bubble

Taken in Hyde Park. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I spent a lot of time with my dog in the park taking pictures. this represents me through my treatments.

Author: Stephen Wilson

Mindfulness

Catches your mind, swirling emotions going through different treatments for cancer.

Author: Stephen Wilson

Mr C

As a social worker I get to meet lots of people from all walks of life. I met Mr C as he was approaching the end of his life. His outlook and positivity inspired me to write this poem.

I hope this poem highlights the importance of discussing our end of life wishes with those we love.

Author: Amy Longson

E.J.

I wrote this poem for our son Elliot because I just want him to know that we love him so much and although he isn’t here by our side – doesn’t mean he isn’t still part of our lives. writing the poems also says to other people, that it may be 4 years but the hurt and the tears dont disappear – so keep talking and supporting.

That’s one of the reasons we set up the charity Elliot’s Footprint in his name, to keep his loving and happy spirit alive and let it have a positive impact on people – just like he did when he was alive

Author: Andrea Kerslake

Dying Matters 

My thoughts and musings on life and death.

Author: C. Brown

To Those I Love 

I like this poem in particular because I see it as a message of great love and hope.

This poem sums up the very practical person I am.

The last verse I hope is true. One day my nearest and dearest will find out!

I will be there like your Angel Guardian to listen to your many difficulties as you go through life, and hopefully when you are old and grey and life has ebbed away, like it will for me, you will find a welcome, as i hope to, with our Maker!

For me, I am so happy to have such a fulfilled life, and will always feel grateful to Our good Lord for always being there by my side guiding me in all the major decisions of my life so far.

I have always believed in the power of prayer and to date I have never I have never been disappointed. I consider myself a very lucky individual.

Author: C. Brown

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