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It was an evening for friends, family and community to come together in the spirit of hope and resilience.
Hosted by the London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council, the occasion was the seventh annual Lifting the Silence Memorial Walk and Ceremony held at the Civic Gardens on Monday (Sept. 10).
Annette Dennis, one of the organizers of the event, explained it was designed to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention and to acknowledge and support those who struggle with living.
But one of the most visible components of the event was showing support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
“It can be a very difficult journey, the grief can be very complicated — especially with the stigma around suicide,” said Dennis, remarking that sometimes people feel they can’t be as open and honest how that person died, which complicates things even more.
In addition to the walk through the Civic Gardens, there was a small ceremony indoors at the facility, which included a smudging ceremony, presentation of a short film entitled Behind the Curtain documenting the legacy of two mothers who have lost adult children to suicide, and a talk by Dr. Paul Links on the need for a national suicide prevention strategy.
For more information on the work of the London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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