Nick Cave: 'Being Forced To Grieve In Public Saved Us'

The musician speaks about the tragic death of his son

Nick Cave has spoken about the tragic death of his son and how "being forced to grieve openly basically saved us".

Arthur Cave was 15 when he died after falling off a cliff while experimenting with LSD in July 2015.

The musician also expressed his gratitude to his fans for their generous outpouring of support on social media, telling the Guardian: "The goodwill we received after Arthur's death from people who I did not know, especially through social media, people who liked my music and kind of reached out, was extraordinary.

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"The rush of emotion it unleashed in people and the way they wrote about their own sadnesses and their own griefs was monumental and amazingly helpful for me and my family."

Cave's grief is reflected in his 16th studio album with The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree, and Andrew Dominik's documentary One More Time with Feeling.

"Initially, I thought it would be impossible to do this in the public eye. The impulse was to hide. But it turns out that being forced to grieve openly basically saved us," he continued.

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When asked if he ever felt 'what's the point?' following Arthur's death, Cave replied: "No. I never felt that for an instant.

"I think I talked about this in the movie - but this whole thing about there being no imaginative space to sit down and actually write about something, that was a problem.

"Like there's just this thing, and there's no way to navigate it. It just sits there and it fills up all the space. It fills up your body. It's like a physical thing. You can feel it pressing against the insides of your fingers. There's just no room for the luxury of creation."

On how wife Bick - who owns her own fashion label The Vampire's Wife - has handled bereavement, he added: "I'm just really blown away by Susie, by what she has become over this past year.

"It's brought her out of the kind of treacle of grief that we were trapped in in a beautifully creative way. That's been something inspiring and very helpful for me to see."