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11th April 2011 - An anonymous survey about the Day of Private Reflection about the conflict in Northern Ireland.

In December 2010 Healing Through Remembering commissioned Quaesitum Independent Evaluation & Research to carry out an independent evaluation of its Day of Reflection work to include analysis of the findings of the three evaluations carried out in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively and the findings of the Conference were held in September 2010.

The key outcome is an Action Plan outlining the way forward in relation to the Day of Reflection work.

People's views can help inform the future of the Day of Reflection.



'I feel it is important that the day is 'private' and individuals can choose to reflect in silence or in groups and it's not forced on anyone.'

'Try it and reflect on how it goes. Try winter solstice -- can't have enough reflection.'

'Much work still to be done to ensure victims are not re-traumatised or expectations raised, which cannot be fulfilled. Need to involve victims' groups in the process where possible.'

'A worthwhile approach for those incapable, unwilling just now to participate in a more public event. If all is well-resourced and safety nets in place, I feel it's a positive approach for all.'

'Private? Secular, non-government in its approach. Inclusive: young & old; need for preparation; 'themed reflections'; role of visual arts; open forum; needs to be creative to embrace furture.'

'Private is good. The quieter, the simpler, the better. 21st June 2007 is a bit close -- I worry about about getting the idea circulated on time.'

'I liked the comment that the winter solstice is about looking forward to the light.'

Excellent, if approach carefully, sensitively, inclusively & wisely, especially emphasis on 'private'.

'Use secular outdoor events; there are special natural locations in NI'

'Just keep doing it; being sensitive, yes, but not put off.'

The above are word-by-word from a HTR hand-out, 2006.



The Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster February 2011 see PDF



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