Children’s Suicide Bereavement Support Group
This group is for children between the ages of 5-12 years. The group runs during a weekday evening and parents and caregivers will be invited into the latter half of the group meetings. This helps ensure they can play an active part in their child’s grieving and healing. Please contact us by email for current group dates.
Purpose of the Group
The purpose of these children’s groups is to:
- Facilitate healthy grieving and integration of suicide loss by providing a safe place for children to connect and openly discuss their loss by suicide, while receiving professional trauma-informed support.
- Ensure that the children feel directly supported by their caregivers and that, with guidance, their caregivers are a part of their healing process.
Background & Reason for the Group
Suicide survivors are often at an increased risk for suicide. This is a very real and unfortunate fact. Postvention efforts, such as support groups, help to reduce this risk.
The reasons for this increased risk are many, but can result from the shame, stigma, isolation, trauma, feelings of abandonment and rejection by the deceased, and/or feelings of self-blame that often occur after a loss by suicide.
If children do not receive the support they need after a suicide loss, then they can experience many of the above difficulties; thus making it difficult for them to move through the grieving process in a healthy way.
"My daughter is speaking more about her father. I think she thinks the group and telling the truth (about his suicide) gave her permission."
"The impact on my son is positive. He just isn’t as angry at his dad and regularly informs me that you just have to reach out if you are in trouble. That comment is a consolation. It amazes me how resilient kids are. Talk about speed-grieving!"
"I think I have come further then I was giving myself credit for. You know it was a long drive every week but it was worth it! Thank you for opening the door to the children. They are often ignored…it is easy to get immersed in your own grief and not be there for your child."
"My son wants to go back into another group. He says he liked it, it was fun and he liked being with other kids who had lost someone to suicide. I think the biggest change in him is that he says “I don’t want to be angry at dad anymore.”
"I think I have come further than I was giving myself credit for. You know it was a long drive every week but it was worth it! Thank you for opening the door to the children. They are often ignored…it is easy to get immersed in your own grief and not be there for your child."
"I never spoke about my son’s death before. I could only apologize to [my grandson] about being a bad mother. It was good to see the positive side-the sharing, the children being open. I think this has been good for my grandson …. Maybe all of us."
"My son has quit lying and his anger is under control. I was so afraid he was going to turn out like his father. The group changed our family for the better. No more secrets-thank you!"