Families and friends of people lost through suicide in Westmeath have the chance to come together to remember their loved ones at Console’s upcoming Celebration of Light.
The evening of song, music, poetry and reflection takes place in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Coosan, Athlone on Sunday, November 29, at 4pm. The evening also includes the lighting of candles and a minute’s silence in the presence of others to remember those who are no longer with us on life’s journey.
More than 500 people lost their lives to suicide in Ireland last year. The event is one of nine celebrations of light being held by the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console, with 6,000 people expected to attend nationwide.
“The Christmas Celebration of Light provides a gentle and understanding environment for families and friends to remember their loved ones and celebrate their lives,” said Console founder and CEO Paul Kelly who founded the organisation after his sister Sharon took her own life at the age of 21. “The loss of a loved one is always devastating, but when that loss is through suicide it can be so much harder for the families and friends left behind.
“This special service is one of the most important events in the Console calendar as it gives families and friends the opportunity to come together in solidarity to honour the lives of their loved ones.” Everyone is welcome at the Christmas Celebration of Light. If you wish to sponsor a light in memory of a loved one phone (01 ) 6102638 for more information.
Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. Call 1800 247 247 to speak to someone in confidence. The charity has a full-time centre in Sonas Healthcare, Cloghanboy, Athlone, which can be reached by calling (091 ) 769942.
More useful information can be found at www.console.ie