An interfaith vigil honouring families, friends, and first responders impacted by the overdose crisis will take place tonight at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver.
The memorial will provide a place for mourners to gather together, light candles and pay their respects to the loved ones they have lost.
Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, First Nations, and other community and faith groups will join in the ceremony, as well as front-line workers and first responders.
“People are dying and their friends and family don’t have a decent place to grieve and mourn,” says Dean Peter Elliott of Christ Church Cathedral. “We want to change that. We want to bring this crisis further out of the shadows into the clear light of day.”
Organizers hope to inform the public about how the fentanyl crisis has impacted every corner of society, regardless of one’s background.
Interfaith Memorial Honours Overdose Victims
When: Thursday, May 18
Where: Christ Church Cathedral – 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Time: 1:30 to 4:45 pm – Private space for prayer and mourning. 5:30 to 7 pm interfaith memorial service.