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.
Please click the button below for recommended reading materials on coping with a loss by suicide.
Upcoming Suicide Grief Support Groups:
September 17 - November 5, 2019: Vancouver - spaces still available
Hosted by the BC Bereavement Helpline and the BC Crisis Centre for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide.
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: every Tuesdays evening from September 17th to November 5th, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: East Vancouver, exact address to be provided upon registration
Spots are limited to 10 and groups do fill up. To register, all potential candidates will have an intake interview with one of our facilitators. For more information, or to register please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950, 1-877-779-9950 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The BCBH is hosting a Suicide Grief Education Seminar on September 12.
Suicide bereavement educator and family therapist, Jessica Wolf Ortiz, will be leading an interactive seminar on the impact of suicide, suicide bereavement and what it looks like, the effects to the family and the start of the healing journey. If you would like to learn more about suicide, if you work with affected families, are a first responder, student or other helping professional, please mark your calendar!
- Date: Thursday, September 12
- Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic Conference Centre, Surrey Cedar Building Room 1205 (pay parking is available on site)
- Time: 7-9pm, with 30 minute social hour prior to the start
- To register: please email email@example.com or call us at 604-738-9950.
- Price: $50 suggested donation to the BC Bereavement Helpline
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."