All Souls Day a time to remember loved ones
A REMEMBRANCE ceremony to mark All Souls Day, or as it's called in Mexico, the Day of the Dead, is being held at the Bellingen Cemetery on Sunday.
Miindala has received permission from Bellingen Shire Council for the non-religious event which runs from 4pm to 5.30pm and focuses on celebrating the connections we have with our loved ones.
All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead are traditional in many countries around the world.
This year's theme is Honouring the Dead, to acknowledge how they shaped our world and contributed so much to who we are today.
The gathering will be hosted by the Miindala Bellingen, Coffs and Nambucca Shires Chapter of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) and is open to the whole community. There will be refreshments afterwards.
Miindala co-ordinator Anna Chetan Bloemhard is urging participants to bring a candle in a glass jar, photos, letters or other memories of their loved one and a chair or cushion to sit on.
"Write a letter to them, make a drawing and, if you like, involve the children too," Anna said.
"The ceremony will bring us together as a community to remember all the people we have loved and lost and to acknowledge the many other significant losses we can experience in life.
"Occasions such as this offer us the opportunity to share and support each other in remembering and honouring those who have died in a meaningful way."
For more info call Anna Chetan on 0448 084 792.