A support group for those who have lost a loved one or friend to suicide meets the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the GuideLink Center. These meetings offer a safe place to talk about memories, ongoing grief, and the stigma surrounding death by suicide. Participation is free and new members are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Loni Parrott or Kitch Shatzer via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot participate in the support group meeting but would like help or information about grief, please call or text our crisis line at 1-855-325-4296 or chat with us.
“A friend invited me to go to CommUnity’s monthly group for suicide survivors, but I was in such shock and denial, I could not imagine myself attending such a group. But as the reality sunk in, more and more, piercing through my denial, I did join the group. I met others who were experiencing exactly what I was going through. I felt less isolated and ashamed, from the deep kinship of our sorrow.” [Read the rest of Loni’s story]
—Loni Parrott, Suicide Loss Survivor
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many people attend the group?
Attendance varies from month to month, but there are usually between 4-10 people that attend the support group each month.
How can I join?
People are welcome to join at any time. Simply attend the next meeting on the first Thursday of the month, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the GuideLink Center.
What happens at a typical meeting?
Facilitators read an opening statement welcoming participants. Introductions are made and people are asked to share (if they are able) the details of their loss. Some meetings are focused on a specific topic or have a special speaker, but most provide open time for sharing and supporting one another. Everyone is given time to talk, but it is okay to pass if you do not feel up to sharing.
Is there a fee?
There is no cost to join the group or attend meetings. Freewill donations are accepted and used to support the group.
Who facilitates the support group?
The group is co-facilitated by two CommUnity volunteers under the supervision of a licensed master social worker. Both of the current facilitators have over five years of experience leading meetings and both have suffered personal loss due to suicide.
Can my spouse and/or my friend come with me to the group?
Yes, sometimes it can be comforting to bring a support person with you, especially to your first few meetings. You are more than welcome to bring a family member or a friend.