Photo of people talking and sharing memories

To Absent Friends, the people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, returns from 1st– 7th November, and is looking for people and organisations from the Borders to join in.

The festival gives people across Scotland the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, through stories, celebrations and acts of reminiscence.

It is easy to get involved in any way you like. The festival website,, has plenty of suggestions, from small private acts of reminiscence to larger events in which communities can come together to celebrate the lives of those who have died.

“Just because someone has died doesn’t mean they are not a part of our lives any more,” says Robert Peacock of Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, the alliance of organisations behind the festival.

“They are there in our stories and memories. The festival gives people time and space to remember those people – whether it’s just raising a glass, or something more formal. In this day and age, we don’t often stop and do that.”

“To Absent Friends has really captured people’s imaginations since we started it in 2014. There have been some very poignant and moving events, as well as many lighter moments shared.”

The festival welcomes anyone who wants to do something – whether it is a large event or a small personal remembrance – as part of the festival.
To take part, contact Robert Peacock on or 0131 272 2735 or visit the website.



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