SOS: Allies For Hope
Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Group (SOS)
2nd Wednesday of every month 7-8:30pm Virtual.
Call 415.492.0614 to get a zoom link or email SOSinfo@Buckelew.org
The death of a loved one by suicide presents unique problems in grieving. Along with the shock and sorrow that accompany the sudden loss of someone vitally important to us, there is often a greater sense of bewilderment and helplessness, guilt and even anger towards a person who has taken their own life.
It is not unusual for survivors to experience despair, isolation, depression and even suicidal ideation in the aftermath of a suicide, profoundly complicating the grieving process.
It can be extremely difficult to negotiate the often-contradictory emotions that accompany a suicide loss, and finding support in negotiating these feelings can seem like an impossible task.
Buckelew Programs offers a safe place in our community for families and loved ones of people who have died by suicide to safely share their experience with others who are similarly affected. This is a peer-to-peer group. We are meeting vurtually at this time out of respect to social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This group is lead by trained Buckelew Staff memeber, Tim Lea.
Tim Lea, MFA, is the Suicide Prevention Outreach coordinator for Buckelew Programs, is a life and leadership coach, a creative mentor and motivational trainer, as well as a survivor of the loss of a family member to suicide.
In this non-clinical peer-to-peer group, we share strategies and skills for coping with the complex issues surrounding the loss of a loved one to suicide as well as the feelings that accompany this loss. It t is our belief that in sharing our stories, we can help to transition to a place of greater understanding and compassion for ourselves, for those with similar experiences, and those we have lost.