Event details

The Rituals of Mourning

Every culture has a story, from the dishes we cook and eat, to the clothes or objects we use at the time of mourning.

 Come and hear how different cultures acknowledge the loss of those who are passing on.  Four guests will talk about their different and interweaving experiences.

A relaxing session offering the chance to enjoy a little taste of different foods, ask questions and share stories against a rich backdrop of music from many sources.


The Rituals of Mourning

Date & Time:  Saturday 4th November

Location of Event:  Friends' Meeting House, Oxford 

Charge:  £8 (£6 conc) + booking fee

Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes


Christine McKenzie

Christine is an experienced clinician, Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant with a solid career history spanning twenty years working across health and social care. Christine’s practice has a strong focus on change, inclusive leadership and transition. She is a visiting lecturer for the D10, MA programme organisational consulting and leadership (systemic & psychodynamic approaches) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Christine’s recent work includes facilitating reflective Practice groups for senior clinical psychologist. Facilitation of the NHS Graduate management trainee scheme experiential programme.

In her spare time Christine likes walking, going to the gym and paper crafting!

Rana Ibrahim

Rana Ibrahim is an accomplished collage artist and the visionary director of "Iraqi Women Art and War" (IWAW). With a passion for art as a medium of healing and expression, Rana has seamlessly blended her creative prowess with her commitment to addressing profound themes. Her signature body of work, "The Rituals of Mourning," explores the intersection of art, culture, and the human experience in
the context of conflict and loss.
Through captivating collage artistry, Rana delves into the intricate rituals and ceremonies that emerge from the shadows of war and conflict. Her work serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of Iraqi women, offering a poignant narrative that honours their strength and their unique ways of coping with the profound grief brought on by years of turmoil.
As the director of IWAW, Rana continues to champion the voices and creativity of Iraqi women artists, providing a platform for their stories and expressions to be heard and seen
globally. Her work is a testament to the transformative power of art in illuminating the darkest corners of human experience and the enduring spirit of those who seek solace and healing through artistic rituals.