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June 29, 2011

I lost my only child to suicide just a little over a year ago. I felt lost and alone in my grief, trying to make sense of all the emotions I was feeling.

As I searched for support resources, I came across the Alliance of Hope site, the forums, and the organization's direct support
resources. I am so very grateful that I found AOH. With the exception of my immediate family, AOH has been the most powerful and meaningful support network for surviving the devastating loss of my son. Not only have I received the benefit of knowing I'm not alone in my experience, and being guided through my grief, but it has also allowed me to reach out to other survivors, and provide words of comfort and hope.

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This organization has been, and continues to be, part of my support network as a survivor of suicide. It plays an important role in my ability to move forward from loss, to heal, and to be of comfort to others who have experienced the same kind of loss.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have any suggestions for change.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

internet search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

it has encouraged me to be hopeful - that grief will not define my life

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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A neighbor committed suicide in a particularly gruesome and public way. The owner of the building she lived in called me that night, hysterical, and asked for my husband to come over and for me to take her 7-year old daughter to our house. The woman who died was also the roommate of my children's favorite babysitter.

Afterward, we were all devastated and confused, wondering what to tell our children and unsure how to support the surviving roommate, who was wracked with guilt and inconsolable.

Roni and the Alliance of Hope were incredibly helpful and gave us strategies for sorting out the aftermath. With heartfelt compassion, they advised us on what to tell our children about Lindsay's death and the best ways to comfort her roommate.

Now, six months later, the kids are rather 'matter-of-fact' about her suicide. Lindsay's roommate has moved on and remains in touch. The building owner continues to deal with the horror and has put the building up for sale to try and escape the memory.

This was an unexpected, emotionally devastating tragedy that touched several families who weren't even close to the victim. We can't express enough how grateful we are for the guidance and support given to us by the Alliance.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping families touched by suicide talk to their children about what happened and provide support to the people most immediately affected by the death.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of counselors available and consider developing printed 'scripts' for helping adults talk to children.

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As a Board member, a survivor of suicide and a member of the Alliance's Forum, I can honestly say that this organization is outstanding. The level of support available, not only from moderators but fellow survivors is not only informative but comforting. The community has grown and I have watched survivors go from freshly wounded and barely getting by to being a voice of support for others and a shoulder to lean on. Watching the healing over time is inspiring. I am also struck by how this virtual community creates a circle of support almost immediately for those in pain or dealing with grief. I am proud to be a part of this organization and encourage others to visit and learn how they can make a difference for survivors of Suicide by donating to the Alliance of Hope.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the form of support to and from fellow forum members.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

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My beautiful 22-year old daughter, Natalie, ended her life in June, 2003. Since then, I have been on a journey that I would never have imagined. I came across the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors site several years ago and thought it was exquisite. I found comfort there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting me through tough times. I don't know when something may trigger my sadness. I know my daughter is in my heart forever, but at times, not having her physically here is difficult. I can go to the site and/or the discussion boards whenever I need support. I can participate or just view. It helps me get through the moment. I share this website with everyone that I come in contact with that has lost a loved one to suicide.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to provide this space for individuals to share their thoughts and feelings. Increase awareness of the website and its offerings for survivors.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

great question! I don't recall how I came to the site. I do know I immediately contacted Ronnie Walker when I did find it. It was such a different type of site for survivors, full of beautiful photos and caring, loving words. I found it so comforting.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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The AOH provides hope to suicide survivors in the truest sense: a process of healing, a safe space, and community support across all lines of class and nationality -- while acknowledging that there is, ultimately, no closure. Suicide is not something we "get over." And yet until AOH, there was no space online where survivors could find each other to help each other reach some semblance of peace. That's why what AOH provides is so important. No one else is doing what AOH does. And given the stigma surrounding suicide, it's sorely needed. The gifts of hope and healing that people receive on the AOH website are incalculable.

Equally important, the site is run by someone who knows her stuff on this topic. Ronnie Walker is a clinically trained trauma and loss expert who provides excellent counseling services. The site isn't just a random meeting place or crossroads, but a guided, carefully constructed space of healing. Her gentle expertise, derived from a wealth of experience, assures suicide survivors that they are in good, safe hands.

Many in my own family have struggled with depression. Although no one has committed suicide, I have, at times, feared that it might happen. The fear itself can be devastating. And I know that I could just as easily be a suicide survivor as any of the community members of AOH. "There but for the grace of God go I." And so I am utterly grateful for AOH's presence. It provides a kind of healing that anyone could need but, until AOH, so few could get.

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Although I am not a suicide survivor myself, I know people who are, and I have had the (at times crippling) fear that suicide might take someone I love. Seeing the forums was reassuring and even a bit cathartic on that front. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The presentation of the website could be polished in spots, like making the community forums easier to find and having an identifiable logo.

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I lost my daughter to suicide almost a year and a half ago. Being devasted from this loss I looked for support in a variety of ways. The Alliance of hope for suicide survivors has helped tremendously in the healing process. The forum and the way is it set up and the posts published have helped to share my pain that no one else knows than those who have suffered this kind of loss.

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When posting I have received wonderful words of encouragement and support on days when I wasn't sure where to turn. People in my everyday do not understand the pain and emotion of dealing with the loss through a suicide, unfortunately the people on this forum DO understand.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any changes that I would make.

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After my daughter died by suicide I was searching onine and thankfully found Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. They may have literally saved my life. I had many dark moments where I no longer knew how to continue onwards. I would read and read others stories. They made me realize I certainly am not alone in this painful time. Support arrived immediately from many members. I've made some friends whom I now interact with offline also. With especially the input from veteran survivors I'm able to live each day hoping for a better future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been able to live more fully each day and to continue trying to better my life and those of my loved ones.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Publicize it more fully.

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I've watched this organization grow for some time. It's one of those beautiful things that grew out of someone's personal tragedy and went on to make a difference for a lot of people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's make a difference in the lives of hundreds/maybe thousands of people

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It should be known more widely.

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After my 27 year old brother committed suicide over a girl in Dec 2007, I thought that I would never be the same again.!! Well thanks to the wonderful friends that I met online, I realized that not only can I be myself again. I can help others. See recently my husband and I received custody of his niece (9 yrs old) and only months after welcoming her into our home she turned 10 and then the next week her 15 yr old sister committed suicide by hanging herself in her closet. Wow, does God work in mysterious ways. God placed that little girl in my house so tha I can be there for her when this tragedy happened in her life. I have to tell you at first I was discouraged and scared, but I remember what everyone on this site reminded me. Things do get better. You get into a different kind of normal and tha is ok. It has been about 3 months now and I can see this child becoming more of who she was when she moved in. I also now know that I can help through my experiences. I hate that my brother is gone, but Im glad that everyone on this site was here to bring me through that pain. I will always love everyone on this site.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having to help someone else get through suicide in their family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

plan group get togethers.

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I lost my brother to suicide in October 2009. When I found this forum it helped me feel connected to other people. Reading others painful experiences made me realize there are alot of people who totally "get" what I am going through and feeling. Thank you Alliance of Hope for being here....day or night!

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This organization has given me a voice. A place where I can say whatever and not be judged or made to fel ashamed.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would do nothing to change this organization. They have been incrediably helpful.

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