HOLDING a picnic in a cemetery may seem a little macabre at first glance.
However celebrant and bereavement counsellor Victoria Spence is hoping people who attend a community memorial picnic at Rookwood Necropolis this weekend, come away "with a greater sense of the love they have for their person who has died, as well as the loss".
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"It's always a gentle day and by having the ceremony and some musical elements, people are safe, connected and leave feeling restored," Ms Spence said.
"By having these events, we build up our death literacy muscles and reacquaint ourselves, as individuals and as community, with death as a part of life."
A 'Picnic Among Friends' will be held on the Village Green at Rookwood Cemetery on Sunday, March 25 from 1pm to 4pm, and include a short memorial ceremony at 2.30pm with a Memory Tree, Passing it on Tree, Grandmothers' Shrine, and a special place to remember much loved pets.