by Margaret Galvin
Creative writing facilitator and published poet with an academic background in social care, Margaret Galvin, is interested in how creative writing can be used to help bereaved people grow in self-understanding and wellbeing. She believes writing is a powerful medium to celebrate and honour the memory of the people, places and events that shape us and that it can be an effective way to resolve issues, re-visit the past and, in time, integrate the loss.
Margaret is facilitating a workshop for therapists and volunteers working in bereavement support in Wexford. The workshop aims to locate the value of creative writing for clients within a theory based framework. Margaret presents and discusses a number of relevant texts, poems and prose that might be made available to clients as template texts to explore their own memory work. Specific texts are chosen for their emotional and sensory recall and all material will be accessible to all, varied in its remit and range. Participants are invited to engage in the creative writing exercises themselves, in order to explore their own grief and loss issues and to better understand the role writing could play in their work with clients.
This experience-based workshop is practical and informative while fore-grounding the uniqueness of each valued contribution.