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Survivor of a Loved One's Suicide

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For those of you who have lost a loved one to suicide, I am so sorry for your loss and hope have or will soon find peace in their memories.  The Saturday before Thanksgiving is a day we honor family and friends of those we lost to suicide.  It is a day of reflection, a day to show gratitude and appreciation for the time we have with each other, and an opportunity to support others who have experienced this tragic loss.

Grief affects people in very different ways including the amount of time it takes to ‘feel better’ or to get back to day to day activities. Patience is extremely important, but in the event that you do seem to be moving through the grief stages and/or is exhibiting risky/dangerous behavior, additional support or specialized grief therapy may be needed. Below are a few links that are intended to support those who have lost someone as well as those who are looking for ways to support their friend/family members who have lost someone.

Survivors of a Loved One’s Suicide (SOLOS) Support Groups

  • Support group for adults and teens who have a loved one who died by suicide.  The group is free, meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. every other week Grief Support Group Schedule and there is no commitment to come. For more information, please text or call 509-951-3713.
    • Tuesday Night: Opportunity Presbyterian Church (202 N Pines Rd. room A3) 
    • Friday Night: Hope Haven Counseling (705 W 7th Ave Suite E)

Journey Thru Grief and Hope Haven Counseling are hosting a night of support for survivors of suicide loss in Spokane County. November 18th 3:00-7:30pm at Opportunity Presbyterian Church Healing After A Suicide Loss Event. This is a free event for suicide loss survivors of all ages and will include free child care. The event will open with HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response team (comfort dogs), face yoga, sound and vibration therapy, essential oils, a resource table, and a plant project in memory of loved ones.  Dinner will also be provided and served by volunteers.

How I survived the suicide of my son

How to help someone who has lost someone to suicide

Out of the Darkness Walk
An opportunity for people to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. Friends, family, neighbors, co-workers walk side-by side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost. This walk is usually in September.

R.I.S.E. Northwest Grief Support for Children 
Team Rise is an open-ended program that connects grieving children and teens with peers and mentors. Volunteer mentors engage in recreational and educational activities with the children, focusing on cultivating long-lasting relationships, as well as fostering resilience and strength.