Survivors of Suicide Loss

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Dear Survivor of Suicide Loss,

If you have come to this page of Mental Health America of Greenville County's (MHAGC) website because you have lost a loved one to suicide, then you are yet another kind of victim of suicide: a survivor of suicide loss. You are among a growing group of people who have been thrown onto the path of this journey of grief as if in front of an oncoming train that appeared out of nowhere.

Mental Health America of Greenville County invites you to join our Loss Survivor support group, which meets online the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. through Zoom. (Once it is safe to do so, we will resume in-person meetings at a location to be announced.) Call CRISISline at 864-271-8888 for a referral to one of our facilitators, who will invite you to the groupís Zoom meetings.

The Survivors of Suicide Loss group is led by peers who have personally experienced this loss, with all the pain, anger, confusion, guilt, and wide range of emotions that follow. Our facilitators witness that it is possible to heal and have a new life (although a radically different one) after this tragic loss. They are good, non-judgmental listeners; they will help you to understand your emotions, and they will gently guide you toward healing your gaping wounds.

 

Every year 30,000 people end their lives in suicide. These are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and lovers. Why this happens to them and what precedes their deaths has been studied and written about extensively, but what happens afterward to those of us who are left behind has been given far less attention.

It is our hope that you will come to our Survivors of Suicide Loss group and through it be strengthened in your heart and spirit.. We promise that life can be joyous again, regardless of the horror you may be experiencing at this particular moment. By engaging with Survivors of Suicide Loss, you will become better prepared to face your future with understanding and hope, and you will be able to honor the one you miss so terribly now without incessant pain.

 

Sincerely,

Alice and Jennifer

 
Survivors and SOS Facilitators
Greenville, South Carolina
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