4th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden


The 4th Annual Survivors of Suicide Candlelight Vigil will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden in Cofrin Nature Park, which is located at 4810 NW Eighth Ave. Activities start at 4 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 5:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the community, and refreshments will be provided. Those wishing to attend are asked to park at the University City Church of Christ parking lot, due east of Cofrin Nature Park at 4626 NW Eighth Ave. Parking is available at the park for those with a disabled parking placard.

The Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden was dedicated in 2013 with the purpose of serving those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. The garden offers a space for peaceful reflection to those who have experienced any kind of loss, and is also open to the community for those who wish to find retreat amidst the beauty and comfort offered by the garden.

The vigil is sponsored by the Friends of the Crisis Center, in partnership with the Alachua County Crisis Center and the Survivors of Suicide Support Group. The Friends of the Crisis Center would like to extend thanks to the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Alachua County Commission for their support in the development and maintenance of the Memory Garden.

For more information regarding the candlelight vigil, please contact Donna Eckel, project coordinator, at, or visit the Friends of the Crisis Center website at