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“He who sing scares away his woes.”
(Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra)
The well known and highly respected Spanish poet and playwright penned the above words in the late sixteenth century, but only recently has research began to shine light on the wonderful truth of such a bold statement.
Sing Through Sorrow is the latest project unveiled by the 2D's School of Creative Arts, a not-for-profit organisation striving to promote the performing arts and it's numerous benefits for individual's physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
A community choir with a difference, this is a relaxed and welcoming singing group aimed at people of all ages who have been affected by bereavement.
Whilst some may initially recoil at the idea of others hearing their voices solely reserved for the shower or times when the house is empty and the neighbours are on holiday, there have been many studies conducted in recent years to highlight the positive physical and psychological effects of choral singing.
Professor Graham Welsh, Chair of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London recently discussed the physical benefits of singing, stating that it is an aerobic exercise that increases oxygenation of the bloodstream and exercises major muscle groups, even whilst sitting down. However, if a seated workout doesn't sound tempting enough, research at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden delved deeper into the calming emotional response the body displays during choral activity. One particular study showed that chorister's heartbeats synchronised as they sang together, having a calming effect on levels of stress and anxiety.
“Song is a form of regular, controlled breathing...it gives you pretty much the same effect as yoga breathing. It helps you relax and there are indications that it does provide a heart benefit.”
(Dr. Bjorn Vickhoff)
Here at 2D's we were absolutely delighted to learn we could enjoy the health benefits of yoga without crouching into the downward facing dog, but you may be wondering why, if such health benefits are so accessible and beneficial, we're creating a choir that's only accessible to those suffering bereavement.
Well, bereavement is a nasty business. It's also one that an unfortunate amount of us will experience in our lifetimes and one that can manifest itself in such a wide variety of signs and symptoms that it can place a huge strain on an individual's mental, physical and social wellbeing.
The 2D's School of Creative Arts was founded as The2Davids Theatre Productions in 2011 by Miss Laura Kayes after losing her nineteen year cousin to suicide earlier that year. From Laura's own personal bereavement an organisation was born to try to create a safe and creative environment for individuals to explore the performing arts whilst forming and maintaining a support network of firm friendships and crucial social interactions.
Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period. Individuals can experience shock and a feeling of numbness, mental and physical fatigue, emotional stress and anxiety, spiritual challenges and social isolation. This isolation can arise for many reasons but one of the most common is grief can make people uncomfortable.
Whilst friends and loved ones will undoubtedly race to your side during the immediate aftermath of the death of a loved one they may feel like they simply don't know what to say or how to help in the weeks, months and years following your loss.
At the 2D's HQ we understand whole heartedly the need to be surrounded by those who are able to understand, empathise with and discuss your emotional journey, but we also understand that sometimes it's crucial to simply have fun and spend time finding yourself through the grief.
If you or someone you know has been affected by bereavement and may benefit from the program then please do not hesitate to get in touch, join our shared endeavour and Sing Through Sorrow.
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