Saturday 24 November saw St James’ Priory in Bristol filled to the brim with people coming together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who they’ve lost to a drug or alcohol related death and to challenge the stigma often attached to this.

In this the 8th Celebration organised by Bereavement through Addiction people shared their loss through words and songs; the names of loved ones were read out and candles were lit in memory of those lost. We also had amazing voices – from both Gasworks Singers and Rising Voices – Bristol’s Recovery Choir. We closed with both choirs giving an incredibly powerful performance of Something Inside So Strong followed by mince pies and mulled apple juice for people to meet and mingle.

My son died 12 years ago but this is the most important event of my year

This occasion was also used to launch a New Support Group for people who have been bereaved through alcohol or drugs. The first meeting took place on Thursday December 13th and will meet monthly: dates and venue information can be found here.