‘Tree of Lights’ ceremony

The Northwest Bereaved by Suicide Support Group is holding the annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremony next Sunday at 5.30pm at the Foyle Search & Rescue Headquarters at Victoria Road.

This event is held 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 simple ceremony involves members of the Support Group reading some poetry and prayers, which have particular significance to them with music 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 tree.

Barry McGale, Suicide Liaison Officer for the Western Trust and Facilitator for the Group said: “We recognise how devastating a death by suicide can be but we believe by coming together with others bereaved by suicide we can offer hope and support”.

“They have been through the same experience and can offer the opportunity to gain strength and understanding from the individuals within the group.”

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