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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 and the following partners:

                              


Upcoming Online Suicide Grief Support Groups:

October 8 - November 26, 2020

Dates: Thursdays, October 8 - November 26, 2020

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Capacity: 8 participants

Cost: $120* (subsidies are available)

Via Zoom VideoConference

Facilitators: Maja Futrell-Fruhling, RTC and Suicide Survivor and Jessica Wolf Ortiz, RCC and Suicide Survivor

*Fees for the support group help support facilitator salaries.

An intake interview and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information please call  604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: contact@bcbh.ca.

Payment for the group can be made by cheque, e-transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for more information. 


January - February, 2021

Dates: Weekly, January 14 - March 4, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Capacity: 8 participants

Cost: $120* (subsidies are available)

Via Zoom VideoConference

Facilitators: Maja Futrell-Fruhling, RTC and Suicide Survivor and Brad Martin, RTC

*Fees for the support group help support facilitator salaries.

An intake interview and pre-registration is required. *Spaces are limited, please contact us right away to get your name on our contact list if you are interested.*

To register or for more information please call  604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: contact@bcbh.ca.

Payment for the group can be made by cheque, e-transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for more information. 

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."