Remembrance event in Fife to promote better grieving

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A Fife organisation aimed at promoting better grieving is set to host a remembrance event.

Silver Threads will be at Dysart Community Hall on Sunday, November 6, as part of its Sacred Heart Sanctuary community organisation in conjunction with grief charity, Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief.

The event is aimed at helping those who have suffered grief either before, during or after the pandemic.

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Those attending will have the opportunity to remember lost loved ones in a safe and comfortable environment.

Cally Fitzsimmons (right) is the lead soul doula with Silver ThreadsCally Fitzsimmons (right) is the lead soul doula with Silver Threads
Cally Fitzsimmons (right) is the lead soul doula with Silver Threads

The group will be providing singing therapy in the form of karaoke, a candle ceremony and the chance to engage with support.

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Cally Fitzsimmons is a lead soul doula with the group and she said the event is an opportunity for those to speak about death, and, in turn, work towards a better grieving process.

She said: “There will be talk about grief therapy, and arts therapy for the kids. Everyone will get their candleholder to take away with them, as a way of showing that they’ve opened the door to start speaking about grief.

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“They can tell their friends that ‘if I light this candle I’m thinking of them’, so it’s a way of showing people that you’re thinking about your loved one.

“It’s just something to take away to remind them that it’s OK to grieve”.

However, the group’s role goes beyond end of life support. It caters to around 150 people throughout Fife across the various services it offers as it seeks to provide lifelong support.

Cally said: “We do weddings and funeral services as well, so we’re there with people at birth, at death and at weddings. We’re there at all the major events of your soul.”

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Every client is different according to Cally, with some at a terminal stage, whilst some are middle aged and healthy.

She added: “For some, we know they have only a few hours left.

We’ll do a ceremony, and speak to the family about what they remember about them. We might light a candle, and sometimes people want to sing a hymn or say a prayer.”

The event runs from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

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