Annual Suicide Reflection Service at Creggan

September 9, 2013

Rural Health Partnership, Creggan Church of Ireland, PIPS Newry and Mourne and Women & Family Health Initiative, as part of World Suicide Prevention Day 2013, will hold their annual “Light Ceremony” in Creggan Walled Gardens, Poets Glen, on Friday 13th September, 2013 at 7pm.

This is an annual event to remember all those in our community who have tragically died by suicide. We would particularly like to welcome families affected by suicide to take part in this healing ceremony to remember their loved ones. The event is open to everyone from the wider community as it is important for bereaved families and friends to know that there are others who join them on their difficult road of grief.

If you would like any further information then please contact Margaret McGuire or Teresa Nugent @ WALD Centre, Cullyhanna on 028 30 861220 or Kenny Donaldson of Creggan C.O.I Parish on: 07900882770.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in Creggan Church of Ireland Parish Hall.

Speaking on behalf of Creggan Church of Ireland, its’ Honorary Secretary Kenny Donaldson commented: “Our Church believes it is important to show solidarity with all those families throughout south Armagh and further afield who have lost loved ones to suicide.”

“It is absolutely critical that our Churches plus Civic community structures support people, and particularly those most at risk, in proactively seeking to develop interventions which prevent suicide from occurring as much as is possible but to also offer genuine Pastoral support when suicide has actually been completed. A surviving family then requires acknowledgment, care and support in the weeks, months and years that follow.”

“Creggan Church of Ireland is delighted to be partners with South Armagh Rural Health Partnership, PIPS Newry and Mourne and The Women and Family Health Initiative for what has become an Annual event of Reflection. We also extend a warm welcome to the broader community to come to Creggan Poet’s Glen and the Walled Garden area to participate in what is; a very moving service of reflection.”

Meanwhile Teresa Nugent of South Armagh Rural Health Partnership commented: “Following a death of a loved one by suicide, many grief responses are significantly intensified and may be overwhelming, suicide is one of the most difficult tasks families and communities face and it is important for them to know there are others who join them in their grief and they are not alone.”