Healing Through Remembering Call for Ideas


Brian Kennedy launched a ‘Call for Ideas’ for the Healing Through Remembering group yesterday in Belfast. A series of workshops have been organised to explore options and ideas for a Living Memorial Museum. HTR is a cross community group that was established to explore ways of emerging from the Troubles that would assist in the healing process. It has focused on 5 key areas: Network, Truth Recovery and Acknowledgement, Day of Reflection, Story Telling and the LMM. The website is well worth a visit to appreciate the kind of work being done in this area, and the commitment to change that exists. There are just 2 workshops left, so if anyone has some interest in it, still a little time.

  • Reader

    Miss Fitz: Healing Through Remembering group
    I don’t want to undermine a worthy topic so soon in its life – but I just wondered: is there also scope for a Healing Through Forgetting group too?
    I know that can be helpful for family life and on the streets.

  • Donnacha

    Remembering is essential to overcoming. Much as it would be nice to forget, it’s essential to remember as much as possible. The problem is that the number of preconditions to such a process (ie allowing people to tell their stories without descending into rancorous whataboutery) is probably something else for the too-hard basket.

  • Peking

    “Remembering is essential to overcoming.”

    It is the forcing down our throats of one-size-fits-all cliches like this that has western society in the fucked-up state that it’s in.
    Grief, pain, loss or whatever has to be handled by each individual in the way that best suits them. All they need is for some wannabe agony aunt or uncle making them feel guilty because they can’t measure up or down to the cliche.

  • Donnacha

    I wasn’t talking about individuals. I couldn’t agree more about individuals needing to reconcile their past in their own way. But when it comes to entire communities I think it’s different. Of course this is just an opinion. I wouldn’t like to set myself up as an agony aunt or anything.

  • Jo

    What do you do after you remember though?

    It seems that one group is more inclined to forgive. The other refuses to forgive – and invokes Biblical “justification” for that view.

    Unsurprisingly, the latter group are anti-GFA and (in all but name) anti-power sharing. I think I know which atttiude is more positive.

  • “Healing Through Remembering” probably using art forms, visual, verbal and written would assist in the healing process.A project like the one Dave Wood was involved in I’m sure would be beneficial.

  • Miss Fitz

    I take you’ve all made those comments having been on the HTR website,read the information, and formed opinions based on the broad range of material there?

    Or were you just waiting for me to come back and explain it?

  • Sorry Miss I’m finding it very hard to click on red links 😉

    Truthfully, when a sentence starts with Brian Kennedy I don’t want to check out the site. Has the site any pictures of Brian Kennedy, or worse still do you hear him singing on it?
    If you can reassure me that it is safe for someone like me, with an allergy to BK, to look at the site I’ll look at the site .

    Now those three letters… HRT

  • Miss Fitz

    Brian Kennedy is a wee pet, but no pictures of him on the site.

    You are safe enough. 🙂

  • I was dissapointed I couldn’t get on to the forum @ HTR. I checked out the library on the site and an article

    In Their Own Words
    A Research Report into the Victims Sector in Northern Ireland.
    Training for Women Network

    where a small section of the report I’d reckon needs to be taken into consideration…

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission published a report…

    Conclusions drawn from the study were:
    • the most fundamental right is to have pain acknowledged
    • in definitions of ‘vicitmhood’, perpetrators have a choice,whereas ‘real’ victims do not
    • most victims feel unable to forgive
    • each experience is different
    • not all wrongs can be righted in law, so other forms of redress are needed
    • the current situation in Northern Ireland is causing some victims to re-live their pain
    • in due course, a truth recovery system may be necessary
    • extra protection for human rights is needed for NorthernIreland
    • the interests of victims need to be included in a code of practice for criminal justice
    • better structures are needed in the police and judiciary
    • an independent ear, such as a Victims’ Ombudsman, is needed
    • the state has to account for victims of state violence
    • funding has to be a long-term strategy
    • the majority of victims do not join a victims’ support group.

  • james orr

    (edited for poor taste)