Survivors of Suicide (SOS)

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A grief support group for loved ones
Survivors of Suicide is a grief support program designed to assist families, friends, and individuals affected by the aftermath of suicide. The group provides professional/peer-facilitated meetings in a supportive and confidential setting. This allows survivors to share and validate their feelings and experiences.

Meeting Days/Times:

  • Group: 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm
  • Craft Night: last Monday of each month, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Regency DKI Building, 35240 Forton Court, Clinton Township, 48035 (off 15 Mile between Gratiot and Harper)

Contact information: sos@knowresolve.org or 877-228-9550** (KnowResolve is not a 24 hour crisis line, if you are in crisis and you need someone to talk to, please call the lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24 hours)


The SOS program offers survivors the chance to:

  • Gain understanding and knowledge
  • Find support
  • Break isolation and silence
  • Prevent post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Find hope
  • Restore life functioning skills
  • Reduce thoughts of suicide
  • Normalize feelings
  • Seek peace and healing
  • Connect with others and with community resources

IMG_3018The mission of the Survivors of Suicide program is to guide the survivor through the stages of grief within a group setting that provides comfort, dignity, and confidentiality. A supportive, educational format is employed, enabling participants to validate their feelings. This format has proven to empower survivors to work through the stages of grief and promote the healing process.

Some stages and feelings a survivor may experience include:

  • Denial: Unable to believe the reality of the death
  • Anger: Directed at self or blaming others
  • Guilt: Believing they are somehow responsible for the death
  • Bargains: Looking for ways to cope with the pain
  • Depression: Low energy and inability to function on a day to day basis
  • Re-entry: Rebuilding strength to renew life with positive memories of your loved one

“The traumatic event of a suicide makes the grieving process complicated and difficult to experience alone. Loved ones are never forgotten, but with support, survivors can learn how to work through the pain. In the dark world of grief, the groups support can be the eyes that begin to help us see and do more than just survive.”

 

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