Survivors of Suicide Remember Loved Ones

Each year in Alberta over 500 people die by suicide; more than those who die in automobile accidents. That’s just over one suicide each and every day of the year. We know that with each suicide loss there is an average of 6 people who are experiencing intense grief, these people are survivors of suicide.  

In Alberta, there are over 3000 survivors of suicide per year who are struggling to cope with a recent suicide loss. These survivors are faced with the need to confront their raw and life-changing grief but due to fear and misunderstanding, many survivors are left alone and in silence, shunned by society, struggling to cope with their loss and the overwhelming stigma surrounding it. What survivors of suicide desperately need is unconditional support and compassion as they negotiate the unfamiliar and often brutal surroundings they encounter during their grief journey. 

In order to courageously take steps forward on this grief journey they need to feel safe as they share their thoughts and feelings with companions and fellow grievers.  They need to remember the smiles and laughter, tears and pain.  They need their loved ones to be remembered for who they were in life and not judged by their death.

An Evening to Remember, Suicide Memorial provides an opportunity to publicly mourn in an understanding, compassionate, non-judgmental environment. With “strength in numbers” survivors will celebrate the lives of their loved ones lost to suicide.

If you’ve lost someone to suicide; if you’re supporting someone who’s lost someone to suicide; if you care then please join The Support Network’s Crisis Support Centre at the first annual “An Evening to Remember, Suicide Memorial” on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Muttart Conservatory (9626 96a Street, Edmonton AB). Join us for community sharing, for the memorial program, for a delicious reception and for the opportunity to stroll through the magnificent Muttart Conservatory galleries. 

More information can be found on our website or on Facebook.

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