By John DeCoste
“It’s hard, but people need to speak out more. That’s what I’m about,” says Bridgetown resident Jillian Coxhead.
Saturday evening, Dec. 21, a candle lighting will take place on Burgher Hill in Kentville in memory of Jillian’s dad, Mike Coxhead, and other suicide victims.
Mike Coxhead passed away Nov. 29, only one of what Jillian says are at least 38 suicide victims in our region alone over the past two years. “And that,” she points out, ”is the ones we know about, or who have come forward.”
As part of the event, Jillian will read off a list of names of the suicide victims she is aware of, and has been given. There will be singing, refreshments, and the weather and the deepness of the snow on the hill permitting, a ‘memory line’ of lit candles.
Mike Coxhead lived in Kentville, and Jillian was born and grew up here, which is why the service is being held where it is, but it is meant to be a regional event.
“It’s really sad, the number of people there are, just in our region,” whose lives should be remembered, and whose families need support.
The candle lighting is open to all. “Everyone is welcome, and especially those who are missing a loved one this holiday season. People need to know they’re not alone, and that they have support.”