Bute residents encouraged to join ‘festival of remembrance’

A new Scottish 'festival of remembrance' has been set up to encourage people to share memories of loved ones who have died, to try to create openness about death, dying and bereavement.
A new Scottish 'festival of remembrance' has been set up to encourage people to share memories of loved ones who have died, to try to create openness about death, dying and bereavement.

The Argyll and Bute Delivering Choice Programme, a partnership between Marie Curie Cancer Care, Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership and other local partners, is calling on local residents to sign up to support a new Scottish festival of remembrance.

Project manager, Jennifer Layden, hopes that ‘To Absent Friends’, running from November 1-7, will encourage people to share memories of loved ones who have died and help bring back some of the traditions and openness around death, dying and bereavement.

Argyll and Bute residents are encouraged to hold their own remembrance event to get together with friends and family to share their experiences and memories. What the event looks like is up them, it could be as part of a regular coffee morning get-together or a drink in the pub to raise a glass To Absent Friends.

Jennifer said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to share stories of their loved ones, why they were so special to you and what you miss most about them. Death, dying and bereavement are still taboo subjects for many people and just having a conversation can take a lot of fear out of it. Patients tell us that it can be hard to chat to their loved ones about their final wishes because it is such a taboo subject. We hope that this festival can go some way to address this.”

Work colleagues and schools are also encouraged to take part and share any stories or photos on social media with the hashtag #ToAbsentFriends.

To find out more about ‘To Absent Friends’, and for ideas on ways to remember the lives of absent friends and family, visit their website by clicking here, or contact Jennifer by emailing jennifer.layden@mariecurie.org.uk.