The Swell Season Pay for Fans' Counseling

August 26, 2010  |  3:13pm

The A.V. Club is reporting that hiatus-bound duo The Swell Season is offering to pay for grief counseling for fans who witnessed a man commit suicide at its Saratoga, Calif. show.

The man, 32-year-old Michael Pickels, leapt to his death from a nearby roof and landed onstage to the horror of the estimated 1900 people watching the show.

A spokeswoman for the Kara grief support center in Palo Alto, Calif. confirms that Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova have arranged for four group counseling sessions for anyone who witnessed the tragedy.

The pair also issued a statement about the incident in which they provide details regarding the Kara sessions and urge anyone who was at the show to attend:

“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.”

The first group session will be held today, followed by two more on Sept. 2.

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