In August, poet Natasha T. Miller was hit with an idea to open a space overnight where any person can come and talk about their grief onstage to a live streamed audience, and to a sitting audience of silent people. Grief comes at different hours for different people and we all deserve a listening ear no matter what time of day or night it is. In partnership with Science Gallery Lab Detroit and The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Science of Grief is a 14-hour community conversation and performance on grief. This event is free and open to the public
Opening with Natasha Miller speaking to her personal story of grieving, each hour of the event will be broken down into seven kinds of grief (queer grief, Detroit grief, suicide grief, trans grief, sibling grief, parent grief, and disease and illness grief), and a mixture of professional performers, scientists, artists, poets and storytellers, and guests will speak about their experiences of grief in 15-minute increments.
This event won't just be for those who choose to speak but for anyone who wants to be in community with others who are experiencing grief, for those who want to stand witness to those experiencing grief, or those that hope to offer a listening ear to a community in grief. A group of clergy, therapists, and pastors will be avalible on site, as well as grief-related non-profits and other resources. Audience members do not have to stay the entire 14 hours, but we ask that you remain respectful to the person who has the stage. No hate speech or heckling will be tolerated.
We are still looking for volunteers and participants as well as non-profit partners who are working in the same vein. If you're interested in participating or volunteering for this event please fill out the corresponding google form below: