Candlelight event at Guildhall for those bereaved by suicide

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The Northwest Bereaved by Suicide Support Group will hold its annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at 5.30pm at the Guildhall.

The event will be staged to remember loved ones lost to suicide, and to support family and friends during the holiday season, which can be an especially difficult time.

The event is supported by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust), Be Safe Be Well, The Big Lottery and The Public Health Agency.

The simple ceremony involves members of the Support Group reading poems and prayers which have particular significance for them.

Music will be provided by the Long Tower Choir.

Family and friends will be invited to take part in a candlelight ceremony and to leave a message to their loved one on the Christmas tree.

Fidelis Simpson, Suicide Liaison Officer for the Western area, said: “We recognise how devastating a death by suicide can be but we believe by coming together with others bereaved by suicide this can offer hope and support.

“When someone dies by suicide many people are affected; families, friends and work colleagues, but all too often no one gets the opportunity to talk about how they feel. The journey for those left behind after the loss of a loved one can be excruciatingly painful, devastating and traumatic.

“Many people who have been bereaved in this way have sought and benefitted from a support group.

“Evidence shows that support groups are a powerful and constructive way for people to help both themselves and others.”

The Northwest Bereaved by Suicide Support Group meets on the first and third Monday of the month in Foyle Search and Rescue Headquarters at 7.30pm.

For more information about the group and the event, contact Fidelis Simpson, Suicide Liaison Officer for the Western Trust on Tel: (028) 66 382112 or Mobile: 07841569000.