International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event
Many in our community suffer greatly from the ache of the loss of a loved one to suicide. Annually the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers events throughout the world. Bonnerup Funeral Service will again offer a Survivors Event, Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1–5 p.m., at Bonnerup Funeral Service, 2210 E Main Street, Albert Lea, Minn.
People who have attended this event in the past, found connection to others and comfort by being in the company of those who truly understand what it means to lose someone to suicide. The afternoon provides a safe and supportive space of simply being in the same room with other survivors. This has been incredibly helpful. Frequently, those who have experienced a loss to suicide feel there is something wrong with them. By sharing their experiences, they may find their thoughts and feelings are quite normal. It is possible to find hope. As one survivor put it, “Attending Survivor Day has made it possible for me to carry on. Seeing how a room full of people dealt with their losses, and had the same questions I did for decades, I felt hopeful for the first time since it happened.”
This event is an opportunity to learn and find resources. It enables participants the opportunity to help others as well as themselves. Those with recent losses as well as those who experienced the loss many years ago, support each other in recognizing that although the pain and grief remain, you can make it through and have a meaningful life.
For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide. Participants are encouraged to bring a picture of their loved one if they wish. For those who are unable to attend a Survivor Day event in person, AFSP hosts a Survivor Day program online at survivorday.org.
There is no charge for the local International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event. To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit survivorday.org.
To register to attend the Survivors Day event at Bonnerup Funeral Service call 507-373-2461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.