Families and friends of people lost through suicide in Mayo have the chance to get together to remember their loved ones at Console’s upcoming Christmas Celebration of Light. The evening of song, music, poetry, and reflection takes place in Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Swinford 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 some 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. He continued: “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.” Paul Kelly founded the organisation after his sister Sharon took her own life at the age of 21. Everyone is welcome to attend the Christmas Celebration of Light.
If you wish to sponsor a light in memory of a loved one phone (087 ) 195 5990 for more information. Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. The charity has a centre in Swinford at Whitethorn Cottage, Tullynahoo, Midfield, Swinford, and also has an outreach service in Ballina at the Family Resource Centre, Abbey Street.