Packing Up The Family Home

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It may be one of the least discussed rites of passage, but is nonetheless loaded with enormous emotional weight - clearing out the family home.
With their dad having recently moved into a care-home and their mum long since passed, Geoff Bird and his siblings set about sorting, sifting and clearing half a century’s worth of stuff.
Among the masses of broken ornaments and faded certificates they also find some forgotten treasures and surprising glimpses into the lives of their parents. Part family-portrait, part meditation on the nature of things and the charge they carry, ‘Packing Up The Family Home’ serves to remind us of just how far our homes provide the stage upon which so much of the joy and the tragedy of our lives is played out.

Geoff Bird and his siblings clear fifty years\u2019 worth of stuff from their old family home.

20200924It may be one of the least discussed rites of passage, but is nonetheless loaded with enormous emotional weight - clearing out the family home.
With their dad having recently moved into a care-home and their mum long since passed, Geoff Bird and his siblings set about sorting, sifting and clearing half a century’s worth of stuff.
Among the masses of broken ornaments and faded certificates they also find some forgotten treasures and surprising glimpses into the lives of their parents. Part family-portrait, part meditation on the nature of things and the charge they carry, ‘Packing Up The Family Home’ serves to remind us of just how far our homes provide the stage upon which so much of the joy and the tragedy of our lives is played out.

Geoff Bird and his siblings clear fifty years' worth of stuff from their old family home.