Memory Tree of Lights for Those Bereaved by Suicide

14/11/2018

Memory Tree of Lights for Those Bereaved by SuicideThe Fermanagh Bereaved by Suicide Group 'Forget Me Not' are holding their annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremony, supported by the Western Trust, on Sunday 25 November 2018 at 3.00 pm in Breandrum Cemetery, 35 Tempo Road, Enniskillen. 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 and representation from the clergy in a short service which has particular significance to those bereaved by suicide. Family and friends will be invited to take part in a candlelight ceremony and to leave them at the tree in the Garden of Remembrance.
 
Colette Cullen, 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 coming together with others bereaved by suicide can offer hope and support.”
 
Colette continued: “When someone dies by suicide many people are affected; families, friends and work colleagues, but all too often no one gets the opportunity to talk about how they feel. The journey for those left behind after the loss of a loved one can be excruciatingly painful, devastating and traumatic. Many people who have been bereaved in this way have asked if a support group is available. Evidence shows that support groups are a powerful and constructive way for people to help both themselves and others.
 
“Grief associated with bereavement by suicide is unique. 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 Fermanagh Bereaved by Suicide Group ‘Forget Me Not’ meets on the first Monday of every month in the Aisling Centre, Enniskillen from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.
 
For more information please contact Colette Cullen, Suicide Liaison Officer for the Western Trust and facilitator for the Fermanagh Bereaved by Suicide Group 'Forget Me Not' on Tel: (028) 66 382112 or Mobile: 078 265 351 99.