Miindala received permission from Bellingen Council to hold its annual Remembrance Ceremony to mark All Souls Day, or what is called in Mexico; the Day of the Dead, in the Bellingen Cemetery on Saturday 12nd November from 4pm to 5.30 pm.
Members said they are very excited to offer this opportunity to ‘Embrace our Loss’ in such a peaceful and significant location. The ceremony is non-religious and focuses on allowing ourselves to live with loss fully and freely.
Participants can bring a candle in a glass jar, photos, letters or other memories of your loved ones, and a chair or cushion to sit on. You can write a letter, make a drawing, compose a poem or bring a card with a photo and, if you like, involve the children too. The ceremony will bring together the community to remember all the people we have loved and lost and to acknowledge the many other significant losses we can experience in life. The Bundagen Choir will contribute to the ceremony.
All Soul’s Day and the Day of the Dead are traditional to many countries around the world. This year’s theme is “Embracing our Loss”, as loss brings us in touch with the fragility of life. However, without loss we would not be the people we are now and there would be no renewal. This gathering will be hosted by the Miindala Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo & Nambucca Shires Chapter of NALAG (National Association of Loss and Grief) and is open to the whole community. After the ceremony there will be refreshments and an opportunity to talk with our volunteers.
Miindala coordinator Anna Chetan Bloemhard says, “occasions such as these offer the opportunity to share our stories of loss and honour those who have died. In that way the Day of the Dead ceremony becomes a celebration of love and life”.
Miindala is a volunteer service offering emotional and spiritual support to people facing a life-threatening diagnosis (and their family and carers) and also supports people suffering from any of life’s major losses. Miindala has been operating in the Bellingen, Dorrigo, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour Shire since 2007. Anna confirms affirms that, ‘simply talking to someone who knows how to listen and be there for you can be of great benefit. Loss is not something to get over, but is part of our living reality’. Miindala is not associated with any religious organisation or philosophical outlook.
For further enquiries about Miindala or the above events please phone Anna Chetan on 0448 084 792.
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