Loved ones remembered at Brisbane’s first Wesley LifeForce Memorial Day
On Thursday 23 April 2015, people gathered to remember loved ones lost to suicide at the first Wesley LifeForce Memorial Day held in Brisbane.
“We have these services because we believe people need time and space in their lives to genuinely deal with the issue of suicide,” the CEO of Wesley Mission, Rev Dr Keith V Garner said.
“In the setting of the water we have moments of quiet, we give people moments of reflection, and we give them permission to speak about a topic that remains in our very permissive society the one unspeakable,” he said.
The service, held in conjunction with Wesley Mission Brisbane, took place on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank. Guest speakers Raylee Taylor and Ashton Brennan shared their personal stories of losing loved ones to suicide and Dr Garner gave a message of comfort and hope.
Carol Garner led the flower ceremony as guests cast sunflowers into the river for the loved ones they were remembering. As a symbol of peace, Mrs Garner released a dove into the Brisbane sky.
Guests later left messages of love and remembrance on the Wesley LifeForce Memorial Wall, including pictures and poems.
There were also musical performances by Christian singer and songwriter Steve Grace.
Wesley LifeForce Memorial Days give people grieving those lost to suicide a place to remember and reflect, and remind them they are not alone on their journey.