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Church Groups Urged to Remember Dead in November Storytelling Festival


CHURCH groups are being invited to take part in a special festival of storytelling and remembrance which will take place in November.

To Absent Friends, which will take place from November 1 to 7, is organised by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, an alliance looking at end of life care,  after being initiated by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care in 2014. Grants of £250 are available to stage an event.

The festival aims to give people across Scotland the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, through stories, celebrations and acts of reminiscence. November has long been associated with remembrance of the dead, and To Absent Friends builds on that tradition.

In previous years, the festival has featured storytelling evenings, poetry nights, photography exhibitions, concerts, scrapbooking workshops, cafes of reminiscence, and hundreds of private acts of remembrance.

During previous festivals Wardie Parish Church in Edinburgh, held a special service and opened their doors during To Absent Friends week so people could record the name of their absent friend in a memory book. Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh has also turned their Saturday Breakfast Club into a Café of Reminiscence.

Ideas for participation in To Absent Friends can be found on the website www.toabsentfriends.org.uk along with details of how to apply for grants of up to £250 to hold an event as part of the festival.

Further information is available from Robert Peacock, Development Manager at Good Life, Good Eath, Good Grief at robert.peacock@palliativecarescotland.org.uk or by telephone on 0131 272 2735.


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