Families and friends of people lost through suicide in Galway 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 St Augustine’s Church on Sunday December 1 at 3.30pm. The event 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.
More than 500 people lost their lives to suicide in Ireland last year. The event is one of seven celebrations of light being held by the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console, with more than 5,000 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.
“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,” said Mr Kelly, who founded the organisation after his sister Sharon took her own life at the age of 21.
Booking is optional for the Christmas Celebration of Light and booking forms, details on sponsoring a light and a list of the other services taking place nationwide are available on www.console.ie
Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. The charity has a full-time centre in Galway at Console House, 9A Elm Park, Renmore, Galway (091 769942 ) and is also in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Wexford, Mayo, and Kildare.
Counselling is available for any individual, couples, families, or children who have been affected by suicide. Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 201 890 and many resources and useful information can be found at www.console.ie