Recovery Santa Fe, the Friendship Club, Santa Fe Prevention Alliance, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and Santa Fe Recovery Center will host the third annual memorial commemorating the 26 people who died from accidental drug overdoses during 2018.
The memorial is 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Old Church Courtyard, 417 Agua Fria St. at the corner of Guadalupe and Agua Fria in Santa Fe.
The purpose of this memorial is to provide a space and time to gather and publicly acknowledge loss.
“Even one person lost to drug overdose is too many,” said Chris Wendel of Recovery Santa Fe. “That we lost 26 loved ones last year is heartbreaking.”
The memorial will include remembrances of those who’ve passed, a tribute to those working to treat addiction and prevent overdose, a spiritual perspective from Rev. Marsie Silvestro, a reading of first names, a moment of silence, music and further remembrances from those attending.
This year, the Northern New Mexico Memorial Photo Quilt will be on display courtesy of Barrios Unidos of Chimayo.
Santa Fe’s memorial is being held in coordination with the International Overdose Awareness Day memorials around the world. https://www.overdoseday.com/ It’s held in coordination with Recovery Communities of New Mexico and supported by a Good News Basket grant from the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.
Recovery Santa Fe is a nonprofit advocating for people in recovery from the diseases society stigmatizes. It supports programs and policies that end the stigma and discrimination. It holds an annual Rally for Recovery, which this year is Sept. 21 at Midtown Campus. https://www.recoverysantafe.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/Recoverysantafe/.