I am not sure really what to say, I am overwhelmed by the sheer passion, dedication and willingness of people to be part of this project. Brought about by my daughter Hazel losing our beloved Doberman Inca. In memory of Inca and whilst at the same time supporting Hazel going through the grief process I decided that something wonderful could be created to celebration the life of Inca, and so the project was born.
I applied for funding from the Poetry Commission, sadly I was turned down, but in fact this encouraged me more because I believed in the project and wanted to help others who had or were going through loss and bereavement and maybe were not aware of how important celebration is in this process, in fact it is very healing.
My aim is to produce a book that would give others comfort to people from their loss by the wonderful stories I have listened to and then turned into a creative process using poetry.
I will keep you updated as the project progresses, with some wonderful insights people have gained.
Update 31st May 2015, here is one testimonial
What a brilliant idea, a book of poems for those who have lost beloved pets. I was excited to be a part of it. I was a little hesitant. Where to start? What to say? With Debbie’s support and encouragement i found the place where i had stored my grief and was able to put it into words. I found the process fascinating, as through the grief I remembered the beautiful times. My gratitude goes to Debbie as with her help I found the confidence and self belief to go on and write a second poem. Namaste – Debbie McLeod