Nelson hospice offers suicide support group

Grief is always a painful process and grief after a loss by suicide can be even more confusing and challenging.

Grief is always a painful process and grief after a loss by suicide can be even more confusing and challenging for people to navigate than any other kind of grief. Suicide leaves so many questions of why and what if. These questions can take over and make it hard for you to make sense of anything. It has been described as endlessly trying to make sense of the senseless, trying to understand the incomprehensible.

One major complication of dealing with grief after a loss by suicide is the stigma that surrounds the issue. Our culture has developed many powerful stories and judgements around the meaning of suicide that leave many people afraid of the subject or unsure of how to approach it or how to offer support to the grieving. This leaves a lot of silence where there might have been support if the death had been by another cause. People are left in isolation with their pain and this can compound the feelings of devastation.

This is why the Nelson and District Hospice Society has decided to offer a special six week grief support group specifically for people who have lost loved ones by suicide. Any adult who has had this experience at any point in their lives is welcome to attend this free six-week group on Wednesday afternoons in downtown Nelson. The group with be facilitated by counsellor David Scanlan and personal coach Morag Reid.

The society’s grief facilitators have found that the best support people can get during times of grieving a suicide is through sharing the experience, not just of the suicide but of the whole person, the whole relationship with the loved one who has died, with people who kindly understand and honour these stories. It is important to find people who do not judge or shy away from the subject but are able to listen deeply.

This group will create a supportive environment where people can share their grief and their love, with others who have been through a similar experience. People will be invited to share insights, hope, empathy and some of the wisdom they have gathered through this difficult experience. And finally, the group will explore how the stigma of suicide can often be silencing and make it hard to ask for support or to share stories.

For more information or free registration, call 250-352-2337.

Just Posted

Campbell scores in OT as Leafs outlast Nitehawks 7-6

Nelson gave up three leads against rival Beaver Valley

Winlaw mosquito control referendum fails

The initiative received 339 votes against, and 118 in favour

COLUMN: Celebrate the season at Nelson’s Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre presents a program of Halloween delights

Applications sought for annual Nelson heritage award

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 30.

Playmor Junction daycare expansion faces opposition

Neighbours upset with rezoning application, citing traffic, noise and concerns about future uses

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

MLA to become Nanaimo’s next mayor, could weaken NDP’s grasp on power

Leonard Krog’s win will trigger a byelection when he gives up his provincial seat

Horvat nets OT winner as Canucks beat Bruins 2-1

Young Vancouver star had spirited scrap earlier in contest

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Most Read