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Sorry for Our Troubles co-founder Jennifer Moran Stritch pictured above

 

Limerick project Sorry for Our Troubles invites you to take part

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Tara Byrne

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Sorry for Our Troubles’ team will listen and process the message through soundwave software

A new Limerick-based group is setting out to make a collective expression of grief through an arts project called Sorry for Our Troubles and is inviting people to take part. The collective working on the project is led by Jennifer Moran Stritch of the Limerick Institute of Technology, the Loss and Grief Research Group, and Death Café Limerick working alongside David O’Neill of Limerick City Community Radio and marketing consultant Jantien Schoenmakers.

People can leave their voice messages on a dedicated WhatsApp number 083-028-5415. These messages can be as long or as short as people want. The ‘Sorry for Our Troubles’ team will listen to these messages and process the message through soundwave software, creating an individual image that is unique to each sound recording. They will also superimpose words or phrases of text from the message itself and then host these images online so that they can be viewed by the public. There will also be a space for people viewing the online images to leave a message of condolence, solidarity, and support inspired by the images. 

Project coordinator Jennifer said, “From bereaved families who could not hold traditional funerals, to the dying who have come to the closing weeks of their lives deprived of the physical presence and closeness of loved ones, to the grieving who may feel they cannot fully express their individual sadness because of the general grief we’re encountering in our communities – there is so much grief to let out, and yet seemingly no place to do so”.

 

“Funerals and removals and Month’s Minds have all been limited, postponed, or even canceled because of COVID and social distancing, and many of us are missing things and experiencing losses that aren’t necessarily connected to death. We need a space to let out all those sadnesses, big and small, so they can be acknowledged and supported. So, we wanted to create a project where anyone from anywhere in the world who wanted to send us an anonymous voice message talking about what they were grieving, what they felt they had lost, and we would take their words and turn them into art that could be shared,” Jennifer added.

Sorry for Our Troubles is one of 11 Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) Seed Grant recipients awarded funding earlier this month. In partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme, the scheme seeks to inspire creativity on the themes of death, dying, and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dominic Campell, Arts & Cultural Engagement Officer at IHF says, “Amongst the positive notes of these challenging times is the reappearance of meaningful culture at the centre of our daily life. Sorry for Our Troubles offers a creative use of technology in response to loss and grief. It is an electronic coming together, a recognition of collective sadness, and a chance for digital reflection, while we remain apart”.

The deadline for messages is Wednesday, March 31 and you can send them to this Whatsapp number 083-028-5415.

To find out more about how to take part in Sorry for Our Troubles go HERE 

For more stories on Sorry for Our Troubles go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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