When doors close, and time slows down, sometimes the right story, told in the right way, at the right time can open a window, or reveal a hidden doorway out of grief and reveal a path which leads beyond bereavement towards a way of making sense of life. At other times, stories help us come to terms with loss of hope, of home or homeland, or just a sense of being lost in translation.
In this programme, Leon looks at Story and Leaving (bereavement, exile and more) with writer and storyteller Janet Dowling
, who uses story extensively in helping people through bereavement; Sef Townsend
, a storyteller who has a particular interest in working with people and families in exile; and author and journalist John-Paul Flintoff
who is often called upon as a journalist to report the stories of people who have experienced loss in the context of suicide. Listen to Episode 4 on line here (File will open in a new window. Please allow time for file to load)