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. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support.
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.
The BC Bereavement Helpline acknowledges the financial assistance from the Province of British Columbia and the following partners:
Upcoming Suicide Grief Support Groups:
Fall 2020 Online - Dates TBD
We are planning to run more online suicide grief groups in the Fall of 2020. Support group spaces are limited. If you, or someone you know is coping with a suicide loss and would like support please contact us to be put on our contact list. 604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: email@example.com.
Time: 2 hours, weekly for 8 weeks
Capacity: 6 participants
Cost: $120* (subsidies are available)
Facilitators: TBD. We strive to have at least one facilitator with lived experience.
*Fees for the support group help support facilitator salaries.
*FULL* Online: Thursdays starting July 30 - September 17
In partnership with the BC Crisis Centre, we are offering a online version of our 8-week suicide grief support group. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss has proven to break isolation and create long-term networks of support. This support group will provide a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate environment for bereaved individuals to share their stories and learn essential grief and mourning survival tools. Our goal is to create connection and support amongst participants. This is not a counseling model.
Spots are now full. Please contact us at the BC Bereavement Helpline if you are interested in attending future groups at 604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish to thank our generous supporters and partners whose funding allows us to provide these support groups.
Surviving the Loss
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."