Last september I visited Lotte and Ophelia (Oph) – pictured above – because Lotte asked me to help her with the video for her crowdfund campaign. She is publishing a book about dealing with death and grief.
In 2018 Lotte and Oph were part of my graduation project on living with animal companions and its (beneficial) effects on mental health. But while I was working on my project, something else unfolded and I realized I was also witnessing a different process.
While we worked on my film, Lotte sometimes told me about her relationship with her boyfriend Michiel and now and then she talked about how they dealt with his sickness. I think little did she, let alone I, know that the situation would change so fast over the months to come. Michiel passed away in the summer of 2018.
Lotte is now publishing a book with writings from the diary she kept during the last weeks of her boyfriend’s life, accompanied by her own illustrations. The book is done, with her text and illustrations, but she needs support for the design and printing. You can find the campaign here.
Her book, Overlijdensberichten, deals with death and grief. Lotte’s goal is to make those topics less taboo and easier to talk about, because the way she and Michiel dealt with it so openly, helped her in her grief.
I was happy to work with her again, and felt honored to make the video. The way Lotte talks about this topic is admirable, and I think her book will both be personal and inspiring in the grander scheme of things.