I traveled to Amarillo, Texas in May to speak at their LOSS conference, which stands for Local Outreach for Suicide Survivors (LOSS). LOSS is a nonprofit focused on supporting suicide loss survivors starting at the time when they lose their loved ones.
Here’s a short scenario of what happens: A suicide loss survivor and mental health provider arrive on the scene and speak with the police officers on-site. If appropriate, they sit with the family for emotional support and leave a binder with practical information such as how to write an obituary, resources to call, support groups, cleanup, and more. It allows the officers to do what they need to do and relieves them of providing emotional support when they have to complete their investigation of the scene.
The photo at the top of the page is some of the volunteers who respond to those calls. I asked lots of questions and especially for suicide loss survivors, giving back had helped them heal.
Learning outcomes from grief and loss event
This is just three out of dozens.
Coping Strategies for Grief & Loss
This is a practical, guide with examples and handholding for those in the early stages of grief. Written by three contributing authors who have suffered the loss of a child, two of whom died by suicide and one from a brain tumor. By Anne Moss Rogers and Karla Helbert LPC
- Choose from over 17 coping strategies to help you manage the pain of loss.
- Learn how others have moved through grief in a healthy and productive way.
I was in the audience that day you came and spoke and you were amazing. For so long I’ve kept my sadness from my daughters suicide all bottled up and after you spok e i realized that it was keeping me fixed in a relly bad place. i have joined a supoort group since and that has helped. thank you i waited too long but at least i finally did it
Thank you so much for being there. And I’m so glad you went and got support.
I didn’t see you in Texas but I went to your session at the afsp event in ohio. you were so inspiring.
We have a LOSS team in our community and looking for a speaker for a regional summit. I just sent you a contact form. I looked forward to hearing from you.