And then red and blue balloons, marked 18, were let loose into the air. Members of the family hold continual one-way conversations, but seemed here to feel a response.

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Grayson Perry ist ein zeitgenössischer britischer Künstler und bekannt für dekorierte Keramikvasen. Roch’s wife Deirdre read a loving poem; images of their lives were projected onto a background screen; the blue garter from their wedding went into the memory jar.

In a nearby village, Mrs Joshua had died and a daughter was wailing in grief, draped over her mother’s coffin.

First, he coughs up a somewhat badly digested slice of anthropology: in the first programme, whose theme was death, he travelled to Indonesia, where the Toraja people keep the bodies of their loved ones with them for 12 months, the better to come to terms with their loss (and no, the bodies don’t smell, thanks to their skills with flowers and palm wine). They walked from the estate to the cemetery and Jordan’s grave. His bedroom had been kept as it was, his mother Alison finding it unbearable to have lost a child.

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“All here have helped me to live… consequently I think I now know how to die.” Roch Maher has motor neurone disease - he's decided to have his “funeral” before he dies, to say goodbye to his loved ones. We started with death at what might usually be taken as the end, after birth, coming of age and marriage.

It is a memory jar, which will hold objects associated with his life: football season tickets, bottles of drink and photographs all went in, from different hands, each with an explanation, a word or two. Now confined to a wheelchair, he breathed through a ventilator, and felt the end was nigh: the plan was to devise a kind of living funeral for Roch.

Grayson went travelling to discover, and then found people back in the UK to help invent their own ceremonies. Artist Grayson Perry sets out to explore the landmark events in all our lives - birth, coming of age, marriage and death - and tries to reinvent them for our modern secular age. Grayson Perry is at it again. Still, I cherish Perry in this role. Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage.

(Pictured below, Grayson Perry assays mourning mode), We are making meaning, Perry said, from the patterns of being alive. Share. My grandmother and her neighbours used to keep their curtains drawn on the morning of a funeral, but when I said I wanted those sending off my dad to wear clothes as black as my mood, I was made to seem ridiculous: like Prince Charles out on a Scottish moor in a black armband after the death of the Queen Mother at the age of 101.

Saturday Review. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. Episodes. Channel 4 is devoting four hours to Perry’s investigations of rituals and ceremonies for our secular world, as well as those discovered from worlds rather less secular. She is now a writer at The Observer. Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

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