Special service to remember those who died by suicide

FAMILIES and friends of people who have died by suicide in Limerick have the chance to come together to remember their loved ones at an upcoming Celebration of Light.

FAMILIES and friends of people who have died by suicide in Limerick have the chance to come together to remember their loved ones at an upcoming Celebration of Light.

The evening of song, music, poetry and reflection will take place in St Augustine’s Church, O’Connell Street on Sunday, November 25 at 4pm. Candles will be lit and a minute’s silence observed in memory of those who have died by suicide.

Over 500 people died by suicide in Ireland last year, and Limerick city has consistently had one of the highest rates of suicide and self-harm in the country.

The event is one of six celebrations 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 CEO Paul Kelly, left. “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.” He founded the charity after his sister died by suicide at the age of 21.

Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide.