‘Finding Dad’
by Yvonne J Foster

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I collect memories.
I store them in jars, bottles and boxes.
I fold them up neatly and put them in books for safe keeping.

Each memory tells a story.

I do this because there’s something missing.
I have a gap where memories should be.

The memories I have of my Dad only really start when I was 13.
They are so desperately sad and heartbreakingly painful to remember. 

Where are the memories of Dad when I was young?

Yvonne’s father attempted suicide when she was 14. The subsequent years were filled with periods of deep depression. He took his own life when she was 18. The trauma of these years wiped away the good memories of her father. During the process of planning this exhibition Yvonne went in search for the memories that were lost. 

If you need suicide support for yourself or other contact Samaritans call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

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