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Suicide Grief Support

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.

Please click the button below for recommended reading materials on coping with a loss by suicide.

Events

Upcoming Suicide Grief Support Groups:

Support groups tend to be hosted in the Fall and Spring periods to take advantage of best weather conditions and to avoide vacations. Please contact the Helpline for information on support due to a loss by suicide. 604-738-9950, or toll-free at 1-877-779-2223.


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."


Suicide Grief Support Group Event

Surrey Suicide Grief Support Group : March 5 - April 23 2020

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC 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. Support groups provide a safe.non-judgmental, compassionate environment for bereaved individuals to share stories and learn grief and mouring survival tools.

Date: March 5th - April 23

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Valley View Funeral Home, 14644 72nd Ave, Surrey

Cost: No fee

Call Marlyn Ferguson at 604-596-8866 for info and registration

 

Vancouver Suicide Grief Support Group : April 22 - June 17 2020

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC 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. Support groups provide a safe.non-judgmental, compassionate environment for bereaved individuals to share stories and learn grief and mouring survival tools.

Date: April 22 - June 17 2020 (no group june 3)

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Broadway and Fraser Vancouver (disclosed upon registration)

Cost: $120 (subsidies available)

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 604-738-9950 or email contact@bcbh.ca