good life, good death, good grief


Talk to action on bereavement events

Check out the first in a series of 'Moving from Talk to Action on Bereavement' events to discuss how those of us within bereavement sector in Scotland can work together to achieve positive change. 


The event will take place on 23 January 2024 on Zoom.

Find out more here: Moving from Talk to Action on Bereavement event.

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Loss - A sculpture by Jane Mortimer




The LIbrary of Legends

The Library of Legends is a public art installation that will appear in the centre of Edinburgh from 1-7 November 2023, as part of the To Absent Friends festival.


The Library of Legends is a place where people can go to remember and share stories of people they have lost.  It welcomes anyone who wants to share a story or make art about someone who has died.

Visitors are also welcome just to relax, reflect and explore contributions made by previous visitors.  On hand to help people find their creativity and share their stories will be artists John Martin Fulton and Russell McGovern.  Even if you have no experience or confidence in art they’ll help you find a way to tell the story of your lost loved one if you want to.

drop in

Passersby are welcome to come into the the library, whether to browse the shelves, or to contribute their own story or art work. The Library will be open 10am-4:30pm, 1-7 November. The mystery location of the library will be revealed soon.

pre-book a group visit

1-7 November we'll be running morning art workshops at the Library for community groups who'd like to contribute their stories and artwork. Email: jmfultonart@gmail to book your group visit.

not in edinburgh? we'll come to you.

To discuss the artists coming to your venue for a workshop in October, email: jmfultonart@gmail

send us your stories

We want to fill the library with stories and memories and reminicences of all kinds. Send us your stories, poems, pictures, paintings - anything that you'd like to share - and we'll fill the Library with your Legends. Email: jmfultonart@gmail or post to: Samara Leibner, SPPC, CBC House, 24 Canning Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EG. We need to receive contributions by 23 October 2023. We welcome contributions from individuals or groups.

Find out more here: Library of Legends


Truacanta Evaluation Report

Truacanta Evaluation Report Cover imageThe Truacanta Evaluation Report has been published. The report presents the findings at the end of the project evaluation, and reflects on the impact achieved and learning gained from the project, which ran from 2019-2023.

You can read the full report here: Truacanta Evaluation Report

The Truacanta Project was set up to support local communities in Scotland who were interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care, using a community development approach. The project was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. 

Groups in Ayrshire, Dundee, Highland, North Berwick and Perthshire were supported through Truacanta to build their own local compassionate community activity. The Evaluation Report shows that 

  • four out of five of the local projects had clear positive impact at a local level, despite the challenges of establishing a new project during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • progress had been made in all the intended outcome areas set out at the start of the project
  • projects have left valuable legacies within their communities
  • much local work will be sustained beyond the life of the Truacanta Project

You can find out more about the project here: Truacanta

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