Festival Events 2021

Remembrance Campfires on Portobello Beach

Organised by Action Porty. Sunday 7 November, 2pm - 4.30pm, Bellfield.

As part of "To Absent Friends", Action Porty, in conjunction with Life Celebrant, Loretta Dunn, will have Remembrance Campfires on Portobello Beach on Sunday 7th November.

The afternoon will commence at 2pm in Bellfield Front Gardens with an opening ceremony to start the event, acknowledging the reason for the gathering. The procession will then make its way down to the beach for 2.30pm where there will be campfires already lit for individual and family gatherings. The fires will burn for approximately an hour and a half to allow for story-telling and remembrance.

This builds last year’s successful event where participants shared photos and stories of loved ones with each other and strangers within the Covid guidelines at that time.

There will be space to share and speak or to sit in quiet contemplation as those who have died are remembered and acknowledged. Circulation between campfires within the current Covid guidelines is encouraged. Sharing stories and photos along with memories is a positive experience that facilitates forward movement in the grief journey of individuals and groups.

There will be a creative station where participants will be offered the opportunity to decorate a stone with their loved one’s name which will later be placed in the sea around 4pm at high tide, drawing the event to a natural close.

Photos will be taken by @Jon Davey Photography.

Please note, this is an outdoor event in November in Scotland so please come dressed warmly and for the weather whatever it might be.

While all precautions will be taken and fire wardens will be present, these are real fires and attendees are asked to be fire sensible and come along at their own risk. Children are welcome in this outdoor space under the same terms and there will be creative opportunities for them to express themselves too.

The intention is for fires to be on the sand on the beach but if accessibility is a concern please let us know and we'll work something out. Please bring your own blankets, cushions or even beach chairs to sit on.

Toilets will be available at Bellfield.

Please feel free to bring a flask of warm tea, coffee or soup to enjoy or something to eat but due to Covid precautions food and drink should not be shared and will not be provided.

The event is free but ticketed. Tickets can be booked on eventbrite. Please book a ticket for all members of your party. Our aim is to provide a small campfire for each group so please get in touch and tell us how many are in your group. If you are attending alone you will be very welcome to sit yourself or to mingle with others. Let us know what you’d prefer and it is fine to change your mind too.

Book a place here: Eventbrite booking link

Stanley Park Care Home Remembrance Event

Restrictions in place throughout the pandemic have prevented the residents, staff and relatives at Stanley Park Care Home coming together to mark the loss of their dear friends and companions during this time.

Music is an incredibly important part of life at Stanely Park as even those with the severest of dementia can access musical memories. It is a wonderful and effective way to engage with people with memory issues and never ceases to amaze in its capacity to provoke positive responses and recall.

This event will bring together staff and residents, together with relatives of residents who died during the pandemic, to listen to live music that brings back memories.


Organised by Pushing up the Daisies. Saturday 6 November, Perth Subud Centre.

We invite you to think about someone you would like to remember and honour at the event. It may be someone close to you who has died, or perhaps a family member who died many years ago but whose memory you still cherish - maybe even someone you never actually met. Or perhaps your work brings you into contact with death and loss on a more regular basis and you may wish to honour a number of people who have died in the last year. Just bring a name or names and, if you like, a small object - a photo perhaps.

There will be an opportunity to say a few words about this person - but only if you wish, you may prefer just to say a name. Or to remain quiet - silence can be powerful and eloquent.

We will have a little music, perhaps a short story, there will be poetry. And candles, points of light against the fading day.

This event is part of a Daisy Day organised by Pushing Up The Daisies. Contact kate@pushingupthedaisies.org.uk for more information.

Building Compassionate Connections - Bereavement Charter Webinar

Organised by the Bereavement Charter Group. 3 November, online, 1.30pm - 3.15pm.

The full programme can be viewed below.

Register your place here.

A Musical Toast to Absent Friends

Wednesday 3 November, 7pm-9pm, Housten & Killellan Church. Contact familyandcommunity.houstonkirk@gmail.com for more information.

Houston and Killellan Kirk in Houston Renfrewshire are delighted to be hosting a “Musical Toast to Absent Friends” on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 from 7pm – 9pm.

The event will be a time for those in the Houston community who have lost loved ones through the pandemic to come together and enjoy an evening of music and chat as they raise a glass to “Absent Friends”. Those who come along will also have the opportunity to meet other people who understand what they are going through, spend some time sharing their stories and memories and enjoy some light refreshments at the same time.

The pandemic has been a particularly difficult time for those who have been bereaved, as they may not have been able to commemorate the lives of those, they have lost in the which they had chosen. Thanks to the Absent Friends Grant that we have been awarded, we hope that this evening will be a time when fond memories can be shared and people in our community feel supported in their grief.

Our fabulous musicians have put together a variety of reflective and uplifting music that will include a lovely Beatles medley, and refreshments will be provided.

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