THE family of Donal Walsh have called on the youth of Ireland to remember their son’s message against suicide as they face their first Christmas without the inspiring teenager.
Kerry-based Elma, Fionnbar and Jema Walsh released a statement earlier today, thanking the public for their support since Donal’s death on May 12 following his five year battle with cancer, and asked that people appreciate all they have this Christmas.
Remembering this time last year, when the 16-year-old “was demanding that the tree and crib should be in place, all the presents perfectly wrapped and was busy organising outings with his many friends”, the family said that December 25 will be very different.
“The words of ‘Silent Night’ will strike a chord like never before.
“This year we lost a son and a brother. We are heartbroken and at times the future does not seem too bright but at times like this we think of Donal and the life he wanted to live. He would not have wanted us to use his death as an excuse for sadness but more as a motivation to keep his message to cherish living and life.
“We will bear the pain of a silent night this Christmas but our dearest wish is that Donal’s message to young people to cherish their lives and that it takes greater courage to seek help than to suffer unbearably in silence.”
“Donal was someone who cared, loved and cherished life and life as it went on around him. He was deeply spiritual but not in an overtly pious way. His spirituality helped him hugely cope with his terminal illness.”