American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has Suicide Loss Survivor Days all over the United States. It’s is a day of support and healing. (See video below with Shirley Ramsey and Kevin Skellett)
There are some in other areas outside the US, too: Canada, Australia, Guatemala plus other international locations.
Typically there is a short documentary style film, two speakers, a survivor of suicide loss and someone who talks about grief and how to manage it. There is an opportunity for people to share something about the loved one they lost if you wish and some time to connect in smaller groups with a facilitator.
Children 18 and over can attend with parents and if you have younger children that want to come, do let the organizer know when you register and accommodations can probably be made. If you have lost someone to suicide, this is a place where everyone understands that special brand of grief and I highly recommend the event.
Find the Survivor Day in Your State
Here are the two in our area of Richmond, VA:
Suicide Loss Survivor Day- Richmond, VA
Nov. 17, 2018, 11 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Bon Air Baptist Church@The Village
7250 Patterson Ave
Richmond, Virginia 23229
Suicide Loss Survivor Day- Midlothian, VA
Nov. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, Virginia 23114
Suicide Loss Survivor Day- Williamsburg, VA
Nov. 17, 2018 , 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Suicide Loss Survivor Day, Virginia Beach, VA
Nov. 17, 2018
11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach Waterfront
1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Suicide Loss Survivor Day, Fredericksburg, VA
Nov. 17, 2018
10 a.m. — Noon
Snow Public Library
8740 Courthouse Rd.
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22551