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.
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
Upcoming Suicide Grief Support Groups:
Vancouver: September 11 - October 30, 2018
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. This support group is an 8-week program for up to 10 participants. You must be able to attend all sessions.
Dates: Every Tuesday starting September 11 - October 30
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: The BC Crisis Centre at 763 East Broadway
Spots are limited to 10 and this does fill up. To register, or for more information, please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click the button below for recommended reading materials on coping with a loss by suicide.
Surrey: September 20 - November 8, 2018
This support group is for adults grieving the death of a loved one to suicide. This group provides a safe, confidential place to express feelings, to feel cared about, to feel accepted and to ask for help, and to normalize yet not minimize grief. We talk, share, encourage and relate experiences. You will find others like yourself who have experienced a painful loss. Our hope is that you discover new ways to manage your loss.
When: September 20 - November 8, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3S 2E7
Cost: No charge
To register or for more information please call Marlyn 604-816-2144 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.