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A moment of quietude

'A moment of quietude' - visual impression

A moment of quietude looks at the value of places for mourning in care homes.
We look into what spaces for grief could offer the residents of care homes when we approach grief from a broader perspective.

A moment of quietude looks at the value of places for mourning in care homes.

Nowadays, most care homes have a silent room, which offers the inhabitants a space to mourn their lost loved ones. And although these rooms offer a special place for grief, they often have a narrow approach to the subject. Remembrance and religion are the main topics these rooms tend to address.
But for the people living in these care homes, the topic of loss is much broader than the loss of their loved ones alone. They are confronted with the loss of their old lives, of their independence, and sometimes a part of their dignity.

In a moment of quietude, we look into what these rooms could offer the residents of care homes when we approach grief from a broader perspective.

Through conversations with residents, mental caretakers, nursing staff, and psychologists, we get an insight into the needs of the people using the silent rooms. Through these findings, we create a space that not only offers the residents a place to remember their lost loved ones but that gives space for reflection.

With an ever-growing group of people of age, now, more than ever, it is time to look at medical care in a holistic way. To make sure that they have the space to deal with grief and mourning in a dignified manner.

About Studio Hedwich Hooghiemstra & Studio Aline Gerards

Hedwich hooghiemstra is concerned with the impact of the built environment on the user.
The products and spaces she develops create amazement and generate a specific state o f mind on a subconscious level. Her work adds social value to a world in search of serenity.

Aline Gerards is a social designer and researcher whose work revolves around visually translating and communicating emotion in order to connect with others.
'A moment of quietude' visual impression
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