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After my wife committed suicide in March of 2011 I started attending suicide bereavement groups and counselling sessions attempting to work through the life shattering tragedy that was her death. I found it difficult or impossible to talk about this with friends and family or anyone who hasn't experience the loss of a loved one to suicide. I also found it difficult to get out and do the things I used to enjoy or to meet new people without feeling disassociated and uneasy. I have found, through the bereavement groups, that there is an instant connection to those who have suffered the same type of loss; who speak to and understand what it truly feels like. While the groups are very helpful, they are also very emotionally charged, structured and infrequent. The purpose of this group is to create a social forum, where survivors of suicide can build support networks with fellow survivors while getting out in a safe but social setting. This group is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and is looking for fellow survivors for support and to support. If you are prepared to support and be supported and committed to working through the bereavement process then this group may be for you. **This is not an organized bereavement group led by a trained grief counselor.**
The above statement was written by Andy, the former organizer of this group. I took over in November of 2016 as Andy no longer lives in the area.
I lost my wife in August 2014, and I'm currently struggling to raise our 2 daughters after the tragic loss of their mother to suicide. Andrew

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