Together We Give Hope

Suicide Grief Support Group

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

The International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day / Survivor Day is 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. If you are a survivor of suicide loss, consider joining this virtual event. If you are coping with the loss of a loved one, know that you are not alone and that support is always available.

Event Date: November 21
Event Time: 10:00 – 12:30

This is a free event, and donations will be accepted to support the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC and BC Bereavement Helpline.  Register here.

Support Groups

The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis Centre host a grief support group for those bereaved by suicide. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss helps reduce isolation, increase coping skills, and create long-term networks of support. This group is led by two skilled, experienced and caring facilitators.

Fall 2020 Group:  8 Thursday evenings, 6:30pm to 8:30pm – October 8 to November 26

Winter 2021 Group:  8 Thursday evenings, 6:30pm to 8:30pm – January 14 to March 4

Location: Online

Fee: $120 (subsidies available, please inquire)

Register:  contact [at] bcbh [dot] ca or call 604-738-9950.

Thank you to Jude Platzer for her tireless work in suicide prevention and for her ongoing support for this group.  Jude, who lost her son to suicide in 1999, speaks of the need for healing from suicide within community – “support groups can offer tremendous comfort and safety in knowing we are not alone. The knowledge that there are others who have some understanding of what we have been through can help us heal and move forward in our grief journey.”

 

Additional Resources

Losing someone to suicide is a unique loss like no other, and can lead to a number of conflicting feelings and many unanswered questions.  There is no one way to feel or grieve the death by suicide—we all react and grieve differently.  And most importantly, it is important to remember that you are not alone—suicide impacts more people than we often know about.

For more information on suicidal bereavement: