Embrace FARM, the support network for those affected by farm accidents, is inviting people to join their first-ever online remembrance service.
The service is part of the #WeRememberYou campaign, which started on Monday, June 15th. The campaign was created as a way for people to remember and celebrate a person in their life who was lost or injured in a farm accident.
The campaign will culminate at the online remembrance service on Sunday, June 28th at 2 pm, where names of those affected by a farm accident will be spoken in order to honour their memory.
This marks the seventh annual remembrance service, but the first to be hosted online. 150 families had their loved ones remembered in last year’s service and Embrace FARM is encouraging people to send names of those they would like remembered this year.
‘Behind each death there is a grieving family’
Speaking about this initiative, Brian Rohan, founder of Embrace FARM, said: “Our annual remembrance service is for many a hugely important initiative in the personal grieving process of many individuals and families.”
“Last year, we had hundreds of people attend the service and while we cannot gather this year because of social distancing guidelines, we just knew we had to host the event in a virtual way,” he said.
“Behind each death there is a grieving family who are trying to find meaning and comfort, and behind every accident is a survivor whose injury may be impacting themselves and their family’s lives.”
Rohan is encouraging anyone who would like their loved one remembered to send their details to Embrace FARM so that they can honour their memory and continue to support each other.
214 lives have been lost in the Republic of Ireland as a result of farm-related accidents between 2010 and 2019, according to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
A further 39 lives were lost in Northern Ireland in the same period, while Teagasc research carried out between 2012 and 2017 estimates an average of 2,500 accidents each year.
The online remembrance service will take place on Sunday, the 28th of June at 2 pm and will be broadcast on the Embrace FARM website.
To submit details of a loved one for inclusion in the service, call or Whatsapp (085)7709966 or email [email protected] with the name, county, year of death or accident and a photograph if available.