The VUB Compassionate Communities centre of expertise (COCO) is pleased to invite you to their 6th open seminar. This seminar is entirely dedicated to grieving in public spaces.
In Flanders, Belgium, a recent groundswell of movements and organisations is rising, stimulating engagement with serious illness, death, and bereavement. An example is the creation of public places to grieve that offer physical locations for solace.
What do these places look like? How are they used? What role do these places play in a neighbourhood or municipality?
Dr. Uus Knops and dr. Sarah Dury join us to talk about grief in public places. Dr. Uus Knops will talk about ‘Onumenten’ and dr. Sarah Dury about places of solace.
Dr. Uus Knops is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author, and works at Ghent University. In 2018, she wrote the book ‘Casper’ in which she describes the search for her missing brother and the grieving process that accompanies it.
Dr. Sarah Dury is Professor Adult Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is the co-director of the Society and Ageing Research Lab and coordinator of the Compassionate Communities Expertise Center at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Download the flyer here: 6th COCO Seminar.pdf (288.09 KB)