Memory Wall to ease grief of loss

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Albany Death Cafe organiser Irene Montefiore .
Camera IconAlbany Death Cafe organiser Irene Montefiore . Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

A collection of photos and stories will be displayed at the Albany Public Library to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost.

As part of Dying to Know Day, the Memory Wall will display photos and stories from members of the community on August 10.

Albany’s citizen of the year and founder of the Albany Death Cafe, Kate Thomas, said she supported the initiative.

“Grief is something we learn to live with and accept and absorb,” she said.

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“We never forget a person.

“The best way to keep them alive in our hearts and minds is to include their name in our everyday conversations — tell their stories.”

The community is encouraged to take photos of items that have special meaning to them or might have belonged to a loved one who has died.

Albany Death Cafe’s Irene Montefiore said the aim was getting people to talk about the end of life.

“One of the things we can do to recognise the people who have died is to treasure the things they have left behind,” she said. “It might be something like a teacup or a hat that that person used to wear.

“If it has a memory, we can talk about that.”

“We want people to take a photo of the object and write some words about why that object has meaning, or write a story about it, and we will display them at the library.”

She said the Memory Wall could encourage other people to stop, reflect and perhaps think about their own late loved ones.

“It’s a chance to celebrate those people who have lived and died and think about those very basic things those people have left behind,” she said.

Send in your photo and story to d2kalbany@gmail.com by the end of June.

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