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Healing from Suicide Loss: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Published in Grief & Bereavement Services, For the Health of It Author: Kay Campbell, Chaplain, St. Cloud Hospital Spiritual Care department, and Lisa Bershok, CentraCare Suicide Prevention Program Manager

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day brings those affected by suicide together for healing and support. Join other loss survivors for #SurvivorDay on Nov. 23. Find an event near you at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide. Anyone who is close to someone who died by suicide or feels affected by it is a survivor. You do not have to be a family member to feel the impact of a suicide.

This day is a time for sharing with others. The pain of that loss is right on top of one’s heart. The memory of the loved one lives within us and remembering brings tears and emotions. Those feelings are part of our life experience, an experience that is woven into the tapestry of one’s life.

The time is for sharing and remembrance. I don’t think it is possible to really understand another’s loss unless you have had that painful, unwelcome experience of a loved one’s death from suicide. The event is planned to be supportive to each other. A safe environment is provided for the attendees to share their experience in the presence of others who understand.

For additional resources that you may find helpful as a suicide loss survivor or someone who supports a suicide loss survivor, please see below.

If you are interested in receiving a suicide loss bereavement packet from CentraCare’s Suicide Prevention program, please contact Lisa Bershok at 320-251-2700, ext. 23793. or

If you or someone you know, are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).