Some of you may have read our December ‘Christmas Carol’ blog which celebrated the kindness we see amongst us each and every day.
At the beginning of a new year, and a new decade, some of us need this kindness more than ever. Stepping into a new decade can make it seem as if people we have lost from our lives are even further away. It is only the passing of another 365 days, but there is something about a new year which can make us catch our breath when we look back and remember.
Some of you were at our ‘To Absent Friends’ event in November, which was a celebration of people we hold dear. You can watch the video here
At the end of this month, we will hear whether we have been successful with our application for the Macmillan-funded Truacanta initiative, which aims to make living with loss, grief and bereavement better for us and our communities. ‘Truacanta’ is Gaelic for compassion. This is at the very heart of the project which is also supported by the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief organisation.
Loss and grief is amongst us all, every day, with colleagues, clients, and in our own lives. We come to work, we go home, sometimes it’s okay, and sometimes it isn’t. Each of us manages loss differently, whether that loss is a child leaving home, a change of job, relationships ending or through bereavement.
What is remarkable is the resilience we see - people throwing those curtains wide to begin another day.
I hope we are successful with our ‘Truacanta’ bid. It will bring together colleagues from NHS Tayside, PKAVS and our health and social care partnership to help strengthen our bonds of kindness and compassion, support us, and let us flourish when we need it most.