THE loss of a loved one by suicide is even more difficult at Christmas, no matter much time has passed.
Lifeline Mid Coast will host its annual a non-denominational memorial service at Windmill Hill Reserve tonight.
Life Matters coordinator Lee-Ann Foord said losing someone to suicide brought on a 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,” Mrs Foord said.
“For those dealing with the suicide of someone they know, 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, deal with their grief, and learn how to live with their loss.”
The memorial starts at 6pm.
Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 anonymously if you need to talk.