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.
Upcoming Suicide Grief Support Groups:
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
This group has reached capacity. A waitlist has been created, please contact us if you would like to be added. To register, all potential candidates will have an intake interview with one of our facilitators. For more information please call the BC Bereavement Helpline at 604-738-9950, 1-877-779-9950 or email us at email@example.com.
Dates: October 3 - November 21
Time: Every Thursday 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Valley View Funeral Home, 14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 2E7
Cost: There is no cost for this support group
Please email Marlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-596-8866.
If you are an adult who has had a loss due to suicide and want the support of others in similar circumstances, then consider joining the Centre for Supportive Care’s FREE bereavement counsellor-led Suicide Grief Support Group. You will have opportunities to share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others.
Dates: October 15 - December 3rd
Time: Every Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Centre for Supportive Care 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, Delta BC
Cost: There is no cost for this support group
Registration and more Information: Contact Debra at 604-948-0660(*303) or at email@example.com
The Langley Hospice Society is hosting a support group for parents who have lost children to suicide or substance use.
Every life matters, we remember them because they were important, and they were loved.
Dates: September 19th - November 21st
Time: Thursdays 6:30 - 9:00pm
Location: Supportive Program Centre, 20660 - 48th Avenue, Langley, BC
If you would like to register or inquire for more information, contact Linda at 604-530-1114 or 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
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."