Children and young people are often less afraid of talking about death than adults are. A group of courageous young people from Cruse Bereavement Care in Northern Ireland have proved this point by creating an ingenious montage of short films about life, grief and hope.
Each of the unique films in the 'Being There' project were written and acted by a group of 13 teenagers from the Cruse Youth Advisory Group, which has been funded since 2008 by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme. Working in collaboration with Belfast based creative agency Journeyfor, the young people produced the films during a story boarding day and a residential in May, 2013.
"We made this film because although we are young—13, 18, 21—we all know what it feels like to lose someone you love to cancer, suicide, heart failure, whatever," says Bridget. "We have been there. We know what grief feels like. We also know what it’s like to discover someone else being there for you in the middle of your pain. That’s why we created this project; we wanted to be there for other young people who are grieving, and for all the adults who are trying to support them.”
Raw, real and hopeful, this production is more than a one-off event; it is a showcase of young people’s real-life stories of loss, courage and memory-making.