Burning Bright display illuminates impact of overdose crisis in the Interior

By Jill Sperling
April 23, 2019 - 4:28pm Updated: April 23, 2019 - 5:33pm

KAMLOOPS — A travelling candle display has arrived in Kamloops, shining a light on the lives lost throughout the overdose crisis in the Interior Health Region. 

The 'Burning Bright' display includes 645 candles, one for each life lost over the past three years. 

The candles are a visual representation of the significance of this crisis on B.C. communities. 

Practice Lead with Interior Health Jessica Mesinger says people are welcome to visit the display at the TNRD Kamloops Library downtown until Friday and bring items to remember their loved ones. 

"I view this as a community display, this is a personal issue for a lot of people and so we welcome people to bring down pictures or cards or anything else that they want to personalize the display," Mesinger said.

Sherry Robinson lost her son Tyler to an overdose shortly before the province declared a health emergency. 

She says the display not only raises awareness of the crisis at hand, but also serves as a tribute to the lives represented. 

Robinson is a member of the group 'Moms Stop the Harm' and says a sub-group has been created to help people heal from the loss of a loved one. 

"One of the things that we've now got under our umbrella of supports is grief support for families and individuals who have gone through a substance use death," Robinson said. "We've just started a Healing Hearts group for families and individuals and it happens on the third Tuesday of every month at the Kamloops United Church downtown from 6:30 to 8 p.m."

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