Looking Down on Me - resources for the public
Thank you for interest in our project Looking Down on Me. The recording of the show will be available to the general public for two weeks, after which it will be made available to grief charities for use alongside their services.
Below you can read the film synopsis, as well as a disclaimer about the content of the film and some guidelines for watching. If you have any feedback for us, you can use the Feedback form to submit this. There are also a list of grief and bereavement services which you can reach out to for help and support, should you need to at any time after watching Looking Down on Me.
Help and support is available. Please reach out to one of the charities listed below if you would like to talk to someone about your experience with grief and bereavement.
Looking Down On Me is an enchanting, uplifting story that follows Annie through her experiences with grief, sensitively exploring the many misconceptions and thoughts that children may experience when faced with the death of a loved one. Artistic Director Rosanna Sloan uses her own experience with grief and her expertise in puppetry to tell this unique story of unexpected loss, the trials of understanding and the journey to acceptance.
Looking Down on Me follows Annie before and after her brother’s death. The story is told from Annie’s perspective, both as an adult and a child, and creatively bridges the gap between a child’s comprehension of death and an adult reflecting on the same events.
Bereavement charities and grief counsellors will often suggest that young people experiencing the death of a loved one use a memory box as a tool to help during the grieving process. Creating a memory box can help children to remember the person who has died, and encourages them to share their memories and feelings with people close to them (including professionals).
The original story and touring performance of Looking Down on Me was created in partnership with children's bereavement charity Simon Says.
Content Warning & Viewing Guidelines
Content Warning: This recorded theatre performance contains a scene in which a central character dies in a car accident. The story then focuses on the events of this character's death, its impact on Annie, our main character, and how she comes to terms with her grief.
We hope that this story will help children and young people understand the difficult, complex emotions surrounding grief and bereavement.
Watching the show: With the above in mind, please consider how you watch the show. Provide a safe and comforting space to watch the show, and allow time for children and young people to ask questions afterwards. If you need further help and support, please use the links below to contact a grief and bereavement charity for advice.
Grief and bereavement charities
Simon Says Child Bereavement Support
Cruse Bereavement Support
Child Bereavement UK
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