Cermonies to remember loved ones lost to suicide are to be held in the North West in the coming weeks.
The ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremonies, are held to remember loved ones lost to suicide and to support family and friends during the festive season.
Memorial events are planned for both Derry and Limavady and are organised by the North West Bereaved by Suicide Support Group and the Roe Valley Bereaved by Suicide Groups.
Barry McGale, Suicide Liaison Officer for the Western Trust and facilitator for the groups says bringing people together offers hope and support.
“The journey for those left behind after the loss of a loved one can be traumatic. Many people who have been bereaved in this way have turned to local support groups.
“The coming together of those similarly bereaved, regardless of when the death occurred, can provide the opportunity to be with other people who can really understand. They have been through the same experience and can offer the opportunity to gain strength and understanding from the individuals within the group.”
The simple ceremonies will involve music, poetry and prayers. 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.
The North West Bereaved by Suicide Support Group will host their event on Sunday, December 11 at 5.30pm at the Foyle Search and Rescue Headquarters in Derry.
The Roe Valley Bereaved by Suicide Group’s memorial event will be held on Sunday, December 18 at 5.00pm in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.