Friday August 27th 2010, 11:10 am
The Swell Season Offer Fans Counseling After Concert Suicide
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Last week, the Swell Season were mid-set, playing at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, when a fan suddenly leapt from an adjacent building and fell to his death on the stageā€”a few yards from lead singer Glen Hansard, and in front of over a thousand witnesses and concertgoers. Medical personnel in attendance and paramedics called to the scene tried to revive the man, but to no avail.

The concert was ended and the incident obviously left all who witnessed it in varying degrees of shock and sadness. The band released a statement the next day that read:

The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the unfortunate events of last night. Their hearts go out to the victim and his friends and family.

Now, the band has released an additional statement, adding their condolences to the family of the man who committed suicide, as well as offering free grief counseling to those who were in the audience that night.

At some point over the weekend we met with grief counselors to help try and make sense of this situation. While we likely will never gain the answers we need, what we did get out of the conversations were of great service to our mind, body and soul. In regards to coping with what we witnessed it was a step in the right direction. We have come to realize that some of those in attendance may be in need of similar counseling and may not be receiving it. Our hearts go out to you and we want to encourage you to talk to someone who has experience in these types of matters.

We have reached out to Kara, a Bay Area organization that is available to assist with grief counseling for attendees. Kara offers one-to-one grief counseling and have also set up several drop in groups specifically for you over the next couple of weeks.

If you or your children were at The Swell Season concert at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA Thursday, August 19, 2010, you witnessed something that is traumatic and has the potential to stay with you.

More information on how to get in touch with Kara is available on the Swell Season’s website.

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