‘Celebration of light’ set to help city’s suicide bereaved

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A SPECIAL Christmas ‘service of light’ will take place this Sunday in the Augustinian’s Church, O’Connell Street to commemorate those who have died by suicide.

A SPECIAL Christmas ‘service of light’ will take place this Sunday in the Augustinian’s Church, O’Connell Street to commemorate those who have died by suicide.

With hundreds of people taking their own lives over the past year, suicide prevention charity Console has chosen to hold a service in Limerick this year to go with its annual Dublin gathering.

The Console Christmas Celebration of Light will serve as a help to the family and loved ones of those who have committed suicide.

The service gets under way at 4pm.

Console founder and CEO Paul Kelly says the event will provide a gentle and understanding environment for devastated families to remember their loved ones and celebrate their lives.

“This is one of the most important events in Console’s calendar, inviting families and friends to come together in solidarity to remember the lives of their friends and loved ones. It is an evening of song, music, poetry and reflection which 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,” he said.

Although there is no charge for attending the celebration of light, booking is essential due to the limited capacity of St Augustine’s.

To register, contact 01-6102638 or emailing ciaran@console.ie. Further information at www.console.ie.

Console was set up in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he experienced the grief of losing a loved one to suicide. Through his loss, he recognised the need for a dedicated suicide prevention, intervention and service. Console’s Limerick branch is in Raheen.