Remembering Lives Lost to Alcohol & Drugs

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A unique memorial in the heart of Bristol

On Saturday 24th November, families and friends from across Bristol and the South West will come together for a unique memorial, to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones they have lost as the result of alcohol and other drugs.

‘A Celebration of Life’ is organised by Bereavement Through Addiction (BTA) a support network launched by two parents, Joan and Paul, who lost a child as the result of addiction in 2008.

If someone dies from cancer or an accident, whole families and friends are offered counselling and support. We had nothing and felt ostracised in our community. Some people suggested ‘aren’t you relieved it is all over.’ In fact we would gladly have the chaos and pain back, to have him alive and still have hope of his recovery.

Now in it’s 8th year, the event is being held at Bristol’s oldest building, St James Priory, and is run in partnership with Bristol Drugs Project and a range of dedicated individuals.

Led by friends, family members and Reverend Richard Pendlebury, A Celebration of Life will be open to people of all faiths and none, featuring a range of readings, personal stories and performances by the Gasworks Singers and Rising Voices Bristol’s Recovery Choir.

Take part

People are invited to have their loved-ones photograph included in the event’s memorial presentation, as well as contribute a short personal story, read a poem or perform a song for the event. For more event details or to contribute to the event please click below or email

Attend the Event

Bereavement support

BTA’s monthly support group is here to help people make sense of their own personal grief in a supportive, confidential and safe environment. Led by BDP, who bring their knowledge of the lifestyles and behaviours associated with alcohol and other drugs, the group allows you to feel and express difficult feelings, helping you to make sense of what has gone before and start to come to terms with your loss. For more information, dates and contract details please download the flyer below.

support GROUP

BTA continues to provide specialist support to professionals working with those who are bereaved. Working alongside the University of Bath, BTA helped produce professional guidelines that aim to improve the support offered to people who have become bereaved after a drug or alcohol-related death.

Professional guidance

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