Scotland tour: Memorials, grief and love

It’s been awhile since I posted anything here; my husband and I were up in Scotland. I loved the wild beauty of the Highlands.

It was a summer break from home, and without good internet connections for much of the time, I left aside this blog – and virtually everything else. But you know the song, “love is all around us, everywhere we go”? I kept singing a revised refrain to myself: “grief is all around us, everywhere we go.” Whether it was an ancient graveyard or monument, or a contemporary “memory tree” for babies in the Inverness Botanical Gardens, the paths I walked on carried echoes of countless grieving men and women through the years. Their love for the ones they had lost was palpable.

In those circumstances, with so many reminders, I did not feel so alone in my own grief. I hope you too will feel a little comfort today, realising that you are not alone in the struggles of coping with a life-changing loss, and that this path, though long and painful, can be survived.

Grief is all around us, but so is love.

Another valley journey: Glen Affric, Scottish Highlands

Another valley journey: Glen Affric, Scottish Highlands

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Memory Tree for Babies – Inverness Botanical Gardens

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SiMBA – the charity who organised the memorial tree for babies at Inverness Botanical Gardens

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Ancient grief. Figure in the ruins of Beauly Abbey

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A memorial to a child. In Greyfriars Cemetery, Edinburgh

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Greyfriars Bobby – the faithful Edinburgh dog who remained loyal to his master, even after death. He loved and was loved in return.

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Field of Flowers: A living memorial for the centenary of the first world war. Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.

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Memorial for those lost at sea. In Mallaig, which is a small town where you can catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye (just like in the Skye Boat Song)

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Second World War Memorial – near Fort William. It is hard to imagine the scale of loss during the war. Brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, friends, husbands, wives, children and babies.

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War Graves Monument near Fort William. It was moving to see the plaques and flowers, some freshly laid.

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