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Lifeline to host memorial service n Port Macquarie to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide

The memorial service provides a space for people to remember a loved one lost to suicide; the happy times and the laughter, as well as those times when life was hard.
The memorial service provides a space for people to remember a loved one lost to suicide; the happy times and the laughter, as well as those times when life was hard.

Lifeline Mid Coast extends an invitation to all those touched by suicide to attend a non-denominational memorial service at Windmill Hill in Port Macquarie, on Thursday, December 17 at 5:30pm.

The memorial service provides a space for people to remember a loved one lost to suicide; the happy times and the laughter, as well as those times when life was hard.

Surviving suicide loss feels like having a heartache that no one can heal, but by looking back in memory, the memorial service may help comfort you, Lifeline spokesperson Lisa Willows said.

"It gives permission for grieving, it allows acknowledgement of the pain, in a well-supported environment with others who have the shared experience as suicide survivors."

When someone dies by suicide, those bereaved often experience a very complicated form of grief caused by a combination of sudden shock, unanswered questions of 'Why?' and feelings of 'What could I have done?'.

"They may experience a range of emotions highlighting the dramatic personal effect suicide can have and the important but difficult task of helping someone bereaved by suicide," Ms Willows said.

"For those dealing with the suicide of someone they love, it's important they feel free to talk about their reactions to suicide openly and honestly, to find support, to make sense of what has happened and deal with their grief.

"Christmas is an especially hard time for those touched by suicide and Windmill Hill is a beautiful spot to go to reflect and wander among memories, even if our loved one's resting place is not local."

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