Suicide Grief Support Groups
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.
Our grief support groups are led by experienced facilitators. We try very hard to ensure that at least one facilitator is a suicide survivor as they can connect and share in this similar, tragic loss. Our groups are not counselling model, but rather a format in which everyone can come together to connect and be supported with their similar grief experiences. Facilitators will provide space for education and discussion on suicide grief. In weeks 5 and 6 of the group we focus on the life of the person who has died as our goal is to ultimately connect the survivor with the life of their loved one, as opposed to the death.
Our 8 week suicide grief support groups provide:
- 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
Our grief support groups are currently being offered online and meet once a week for two hours and we ask that all members are able to commit to all 8 sessions. Maximum capacity is nine members. We hold approximately four suicide grief groups per year.
The BC Bereavement Helpline acknowledges the financial assistance from the Province of British Columbia and the following partners:
Upcoming Online Suicide Grief Support Groups:
September 21 - November 9, 2021
This group is now full.
Our next groups are planned for Winter & Spring 2022.
If you would like to join our support groups, we encourage you to connect with us ASAP as consideration to the groups are on a first come, first contacted basis and we usually have a wait list. An intake interview and pre-registration is required. For more information please call us 604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: email@example.com.
Please call the Helpline and we can assist in finding you 1-1 counseling supports for your suicide grief.
Please see our Coping With Grief / Suicide Loss Section on our website for additional resources.
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."