My sister would have been 36 on Saturday. No matter how many years pass it still feels like yesterday. I spoke to Marjolijn Oostermeijer for 1 Granary about using clothes to deal with grief and the piece is so beautiful. 

“We place this increased value on their goods after people die. So for those left behind, the item becomes symbolic for that person. We cherish it and it can help us connect to what we lost.”
“I think it’s easy, when you’re grieving, to push the memories away. The other day I wore my sister’s jacket, which was a bit too snug for me. It made me wonder what she would say, which brought her memory back into the present instead of keeping it locked up.”

Please have a read of the full piece here.

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Shakaila Forbes-Bell is a Fashion Psychologist and writer who has been featured in Marie Claire UK, i-D, Who What Wear, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, Fashion Bomb Daily, The Voice Newspaper, Gal-Dem, Black Matters US and more.

1 Comment

  1. 11-22-21.
    Nice Website, as a Clinical and Fashion Psychologist, I have learned through psychology behavioral economics that fashion consumers who shop while bereaving are mentally healthy.
    New York City,
    Dr.Persaud

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