Tuesday 21 February 2017

Christmas road deaths are a lesson to all of us

Published 28/12/2015 | 02:30

'Gardaí, ambulance personnel and hospital staff - the frontline workers who literally pick up the pieces of shattered humanity - can already tell us that more lives are likely to be lost before this Christmas and New Year holiday season is concluded' (stock photo)
'Gardaí, ambulance personnel and hospital staff - the frontline workers who literally pick up the pieces of shattered humanity - can already tell us that more lives are likely to be lost before this Christmas and New Year holiday season is concluded' (stock photo)

The brutality, the suddenness, the randomness and the finality. All of these horrors combine to compound our grief at the loss of a loved one in a road accident. The profound grief at such loss is a body blow at any time of year. But the Christmas season makes it even worse.

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This Christmas has brought more than its share of such grief to many families and communities around the island of Ireland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost family and friends in these horrible events.

For many of the bereaved, life is changed completely and the future is about coping with loss and finding strength to carry on. Communities in Antrim, Cavan, Carlow, Dublin and Wexford are among those left bereft, with people trying to find answers to questions which always elude a response.

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