by Debbie Posnien, Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 22, helps gather & comfort thousands of survivors of suicide loss around the world. Both the newly bereaved and those who are years out from their loss on this day of recognition remembering and reflect on those who died because of suicide.
International Survivors of Suicide Day represents different things to different people—a day of healing, hope, tragedy, pain, anger, forgiveness, and love. Yet, regardless of what the day means for us as individuals, it is also a day that connects us in community.
Grieving the loss of a loved one who died by suicide is not something people get through easily. The pain that often accompanies the loss of a loved one to suicide is incomprehensible. There is no one to answer the questions of “Why?” and “What if?” and “If only …”
International Survivors of Suicide Day is also a time we renew our commitment to keep living and to continue helping others do the same. We have learned from those who attend our support group knowing they are not alone in their grief is one of the biggest comforts. The day our family and friends heard the devastating news after that, nothing made sense. Would they ever stop hurting, would they ever get their life back, and would they ever feel whole again? And most importantly would their loved one be forgotten?
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who struggle by remembering those who have died because of suicide. Together, we can take the steps to educate and increase awareness. We can show people it is OK to ask for help and try to prevent suicide from happening. Because as survivors, we have the ability to spread the message that people can do just that—they can survive.
Suicide Survivor Support Groups happen every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 -7:30 pm at the Suicide Prevention Office, 1702 County Road A3, Minden. 775-783-1510.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS