To absent friends was started with hopes of empowering wider society to re-assert control of death in their own lives by making it socially acceptable to share memories and stories of people who have died.
However, death is not the province of a small group of healthcare professionals, and any new traditions of remembrance must be created by and be meaningful to those taking part in them.
To Absent Friends, a People's Festival of Storytelling and Remembrance is unprescriptive and unbranded. It has many supporters, but no owners. To Absent Friends is an opportunity for people to remember dead loved ones in whatever way works for them and their community.