News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Ceremony to remember loved ones lost to suicide

Ceremony to remember loved ones lost to suicide

Friends and family members lost to suicide will be remembered at a candlelighting ceremony in Grey Lynn on Sunday 19 November.

The non-denominational service, organised by Solace Support Group – An organization offering group peer support to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, will be held at the St Columba Church and Community Centre 92-96 Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn at 5.30pm. The remembrance service is open to anyone who wants to remember a loved one lost to suicide from throughout the wider Auckland region.

This year the guest speaker is Liese Groot- Alberts, a psychotherapist and Hospice lecturer who has had 30 years experience working with loss, grief and trauma.

Over a period of 10 years she worked with and for Dr. Elisabeth Kubler- Ross. Liese will talk about hope, how it is an intangible experience, grounded in life. The power of hope brings back meaning and provides energy to take the next step. Hope has a very strong healing power when dealing with loss, grief and trauma.

People attending the ceremony are invited to bring a photograph of their loved one for the Remembrance Table and candles will be lit in their memory. There is also an opportunity for people to share a memory of their loved one during the service.

Mark Wilson, Solace Support Group Co-ordinator says “Sadly, far too many New Zealanders have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, across all age groups and cultural backgrounds. For many people the journey to recovery is spent alone without the support of others. This service provides an opportunity for families and friends to remember their loved one in the lead up to Christmas and be with others who have a common experience.”

The ceremony has been running for more than 10 years in Auckland and can attract over 100 people.

About Solace

Solace, founded in 2002, is a support group for those people that have lost a loved one to suicide. Solace provides an opportunity for people to meet and talk with others who have suffered a similar loss. The group meets each month, at The Community of Saint Luke in Remuera. Members of the group have lost parents, spouses, siblings and children and are from a wide variety of age groups. The group has members from across the greater Auckland region. Solace believes that by sharing similar experiences will help those people in their grief journey, offering encouragement and empathetic support.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.
More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland