Many survivors of suicide suffer not only the grief and loss of their loved one but could also be victim to the stigma our society attaches to a death by suicide. Suicide survivors should not suffer alone, nor in silence. The BC Bereavement Helpline has partnered with the BC Crisis Centre to offer Suicide Grief Support groups to help suicide survivors come together to heal in their unique loss.
Common symptoms of grief due to the death by suicide are the questions of “why?” Why did my loved one decide to do this? Other complications include guilt, “what could I have done differently that would have prevented this death?” By bringing everyone together in a support group, healing and companionship can begin.
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Upcoming Suicide Grief Support Groups:
BC Bereavement Helpline and BC Crisis Centre Suicide Grief Support Group
The BC Bereavement Helpline and the BC Crisis Centre are hosting a grief support group for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support.
Our eight-week support groups meet once a week for two hours and may include up to ten participants. Our trained facilitators are committed to providing:
- A safe, non-judgmental, compassionate environment with time for restorative sharing of stories and insights
- Essential grief and mourning survival tools to help survivors in their daily lives
- Practical support and information as well as valuable community connections
- A respectful space for honouring the life of the person who has died
Dates: Tuesdays from September 17th to November 5th, 2019
Location: BC Crisis Centre, Vancouver
Spots are limited to 10 and this does fill up. To get your name on the waiting list and to be contacted for the next group, or for more information, please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or email us at email@example.com.
Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon Branch Suicide Grief Support Group
CMHA is hosting an eight week suicide grief support group in Vernon.
Dates: Wednesdays starting September 4th, 2019. For eight weeks.
Location: CMHA Vernon
To Register: call 250-542-3114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrace Hospice Society Traumatic Loss Support Group
The Terrace Hospice Society is hosting a Traumatic Loss Support group, open to those who have experienced loss to sudden deaths, homicide, suicide and substance use.
Dates: Thursdays starting July 4th, 2019. For eight weeks.
Location: Terrace Hospice Society
To Register: call 250-635-4811 or email email@example.com
Support Group Testimonials
"It was nice to talk with others going through similar experiences who could relate to what I’m going through."
"Thank you for providing this greatly needed service."
"I felt what I learned and the connections I made were so beneficial and would be helpful to others."
"I have realized how helpful and supportive it is to communicate with others who are experiencing a similar situation."
"It was beyond helpful [the support group], from start to finish. I could have never imagined finding such an amazing safe and supportive group."
"Both facilitators had experienced loss from suicide before, which was amazingly helpful. They let us talk freely and openly, without judgement, and they know what we’re going through. (*BCBH support groups strive to have at least one facilitator who has experienced similar losses. We are not always able to find two.)"
"It’s been something I look forward to and crave and has been an amazing gift to share in a space where people understand! Thank you."