FAMILIES of loved ones who have committed suicide in Limerick in the past 12 months will meet and pray in the city next week.
Console’s upcoming Christmas Celebration of Light - an evening of song, music, poetry and reflection takes place in St Augustine’s Church, O’Connell Street on Sunday December 1 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.
Over 500 people lost their lives to suicide in Ireland last year, many of these in Limerick. The event is one of seven celebrations of light being held by the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console, with over 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 chief executive 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 Paul, 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 and details on sponsoring a light are available on 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 Limerick, at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen.