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Suicide Grief Support

Events

International Suicide Survivor Day - November 21, 2020

International Suicide Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Last year, there were close to 400 Survivor Day events in more than 20 countries.

Survivor Day has 3 main  goals:
(1) to EDUCATE,
(2) to offer an opportunity for attendees to SHARE, and
(3) to help suicide loss survivors meaningfully COMMEMORATE their loved ones and the day—Survivor Day—itself. 

This year, a virtual event for International Suicide Survivor Day is in the works for  Saturday, November 21. This event will include a panel of individuals who will share their experiences with grief and suicide loss, plus opportunities for suicide survivors to engage in discussion and sharing of their unique loss experience.

*We are in the planning stages of this event. More details to be posted soon!*

Watch The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope and The Journey Revisited, two documentaries on suicide loss > 

#survivorday            https://afsp.org/international-survivors-of-suicide-loss-day 


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.  

The BC Bereavement Helpline acknowledges the financial assistance from the Province of British Columbia and the following partners:

                              


Upcoming Online Suicide Grief Support Groups:

January - March, 2021 (WAIT LIST)

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. *We are currently taking a wait list. We encourage you to sign up ASAP as consideration to the groups are on a first come, first contacted basis. * For more information please call  604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: contact@bcbh.ca.


March - April, 2021 (Pending)

Date/Time: TBD

Capacity: 8 participants

Cost: $120* (subsidies are available)

Online Via Zoom VideoConference

Facilitators: TBD

We recommend contacting us ASAP if you are interested in a group to be added to our contact list for this group. An intake interview and pre-registration is required. For more information please call  604-738-9950, toll free 1(877) 779-2223 or by email: contact@bcbh.ca.


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."