S.O.S. Families and Friends
S.O.S. is a local, self-help support group for those who have been impacted by the death
of a loved one from suicide. This is not a therapy group and the leaders are not counselors. We are here together to share
common experiences and to receive support from one another. We ask that you respect one anothers feelings and beliefs as his/her
own and not judge one another by them.
S.O.S. is a non-sectarian group. Contributions do help defray costs of
postage, the newsletter and materials for our library. There is no fee for attending the group. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit
as defined by the IRS and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
We ask that you be careful to respect the confidentiality in which we share our individual experiences and leave that
information within this group.
No one is forced to speak in this group. However, sharing is encouraged and time needs to be allowed for everyone
to have a chance to talk. We ask that you give advice to others if it is asked for.
If you are still struggling with an issue, we encourage you to consult a professional counselor.
If anyone feels a need to step outside the room for awhile to regain composure, everyone will understand. Also kleenex
is available as we realize that tears are a part of the healing process.
You need to realize that coming to a group such as this takes a lot of emotional energy. Be prepared to be exhausted
after at least your first few meetings. It will get easier to attend, but it is difficult at first when you begin to share
your feelings in this group setting.
Phone numbers are available in the newsletter if you need someone to talk to between meetings. We encourage you to
develop your support system within this group as you meet with people with similar loses.
Last, but most important.... as you begin to feel better and accept the loss youve endured continue to attend meetings
from time to time to give support to the newly bereaved. A hug, a smile, a I know and understand can help others overcome
Though we recognize the confusion between those who have survived a suicide attempt and those who have lost
a loved one to suicide, please know that we are the second kind of survivor. We meet to support each other as we struggle
with the loss of a loved one to suicide. We are not equipped to handle those struggling with suicide or those who have survived
an attempt. Please check our page of resources for counselors better able to help with your struggles.