To Absent Friends Festival

The To Absent Friends festival was initiated in 2014 by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief to provide opportunities to remember people, whether they died recently or long ago

Every year since the inception of Compassionate Inverclyde, we have been encouraging organisations and individuals to take part in and build on the 'to absent friends festival'. This festival takes place all over Scotland during the first week in November. This year it is from the 1st – 7th November 2020.

Get Involved

We are asking as many of our organisations and community members as possible to get involved, encouraging more and more people to remember their loved ones in a creative, meaningful way.

To Absent friends is not like traditional formal remembrance services. It exists to encourage participation, and it is non-prescriptive – groups and individuals are welcome to take part in whatever way they feel appropriate.

There are many ways in which to get involved such as:
Walks, quiet spaces, arts and crafts activities, get togethers, tributes and installations.


Community effort

This year this festival is even more significant than before as COVID-19 has brought with it much loss and grief and has changed the ways we are able to share stories and reflect together.

We will be asking our whole community to take part in an act of remembrance by lighting a candle or placing a light in their windows to remember our absent friends on THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER at 8pm.

We will be publicising this in the local press and Social Media

Our team are currently working remote of the office but can be contacted via individual emails or ...

  • [email protected]
  • 01475 711733
  • Inverclyde Community Hub            75-81 Cathcart Street          Greenock PA15 1DE

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