the person who dies and the survivors who are bereaved." ~ Arnold Toynbee
We are a group of survivors who have all lost loved ones to suicide. We are spouses, siblings, parents, children, partners, friends, family, coworkers, etc...who have lost someone to suicide. We range from people who have lost a loved one in the past month, to people who have lost a loved one many years ago. The grief of losing a loved one to suicide is an intense feeling that is often hard to describe to someone that has not survived a suicide. No one should have to experience the death of a loved one to suicide, but we have.
You are not alone.
Sadly, suicide and suicide attempts are far more common then most people know. People of all walks of life and all ages die from suicide daily. Most people have never thought about suicide and the impact on those left to survive after a loved one dies by suicide. According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control :
Independent of the larger statistics, the only statistic that truly matters is that you have lost a loved one to suicide. Many of us never thought that someone close to us would die by suicide, but unfortunately they did. You are not alone.
The Suicide Support Group meeting at the Grace Episcopal Church has been continuously running for 20+ years and new members are always joining us. The group participants are constantly changing based on survivors needs, we can never know who will join us at a meeting. The mix of people who attend varies from meeting to meeting, we generally welcome many new survivors at most meetings. The meetings are open to all survivors to attend and there are no fees. Because of our central location, most people who attend come from Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, but all are welcome.
The meetings are nonsectarian and the Grace Episcopal Church has graciously allowed us to use their facilities for many years.
For more detailed information about attending a suicide support group meeting click here. You are not alone, please join us.
With Help, Comes Healing....
To learn more about the SOS Madison Suicide Loss Support Group and group meetings, CLICK HERE for a 2 page brochure.
Please check out our other pages including Books for Suicide Loss Survivors and Links to other online groups and support documents