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June 29, 2011

I'm a Vietnam Veteran and suicide survivor. Many of my comrades committed suicide after completion of their overseas service. PTSD was not acknowledged or being treated 42 years ago when we returned home. And when someone(s) as close as military buddies are takes their life, the wound is even deeper than usual.

I find the Alliance of hope to fill a need that is lacking anywhere else. The level of caring, compassion, along with the high level of professionalism are a wining combination in the health care area.

Paul McMickle

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In addition to finding healing for a wound I thought would never heal, I've shared the Alliance of Hope with other veterans and veteran groups, and will be instrumental in getting the Veteran's Administration, the Department of Defense and all the various veteran's organizations to see the enormous service the Alliance of Hope provides.

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I would implore funders of non-profits world-wide to contribute to the Alliance of Hope, so that the organization can serve the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of suicide survivors.

June 29, 2011
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June 29, 2011
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Alliance of Hope is a very special organization and its founder Ronnie Walker is a wonder. She has poured countless hours and even more love into making Alliance of Hope a top-notch provider of support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The pain of the people coming to AOH
for help is palpable and heart-breaking, but the love, care and support they receive is miraculous.

People grieving from the death of a loved one who took his or her own life experience a unique pain, and AOH provides unique help to those in need. Losing someone to suicide is not like losing someone to an accident or disease, and AOH's dedication to helping just suicide "survivors" is necessary and rare. Ronnie's expertise in this area is incredibly valuable, and she is filling a great void.

In a time of darkness, AOH is a great source of light for the grieving.

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Anyone who has spent any time reading the testimonials on the site and reviewing the resources availble to the grieving will come to understand the healing power of this organization.

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I would like to see AOH grow. It does such wonderful work; I would like as many people as possible benefit from it.

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June 29, 2011

When I lost a loved one to suicide the Alliance of Hope was and still is a great support for me. Ronnie truly understood what I was going through and was able to guide me through something more painful that I could imagine. The support forum is a great place to find other people in the same position and to share thoughts and comfort one another. The website is full of information and was very useful for me as I never expected to loose someone to suicide. The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivor is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I went through all the stages of grief and with many talks with Ronnie I truly have a new outlook on life and I can look back and reflect, but now have a happy place. THANK YOU Ronnie and everyone that is part of the Alliance of Hope, you helped me through the toughest time in my life, you made a difference for me and I am grateful.

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my life when I lost someone to suicide. Ronnie and everyone on the forum truly understands how one feels in this situation and was able to provide comfort, advise and support.

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expand the Alliance of Hope.

June 29, 2011
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June 29, 2011
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The support that comes from the community of survivors and healers who are all a part of the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors is absolutely crucial. To know that you are not alone and to be able to hear the stories of others and to share your own--these are the first steps in the healing process. The Alliance of Hope is an excellent organization providing an invaluable service to many.

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the process of healing.

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I honestly can't think of anything.

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June 29, 2011

ALLIANCE OF HOPE FOR SUICIDE SURVIVORS is an organization which addresses a real need in our society: helping those left behind when someone close chooses to end their own life. There are not many agencies that address this specific need. The ALLIANCE is both sincere and strongly motivated to provide emotional support and guidance that will help survivors overcome the pain, and often the sense of guilt, that arises when a loved one commits suicide. It is only through the sharing of such painful feelings that people can get-on with living full and well balanced lives after such a terrible event has occurred. The ALLIANCE is making a major contribution in supporting survivors to achieve this goal.

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I have met and spent time with Ronnie Walker, the Founder and President of this organization, and felt her sincere commitment to this cause.

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My present wish is that the ALLIANCE should receive all of the support that can be made available.

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June 29, 2011

I found this forum two years ago when my son took his life at the age of 26. Although I had a lot of support from friends and family, I still felt so alone in what I was experiencing. No one could really understand the depth of my grief, or the intensity of my trauma. I didn't know anyone else who had lost a child to suicide, and I desperately needed to connect with others who could truly understand.
For the first month or so after finding the forum I spent hours each day reading the stories of others. Although it was sad to read about their losses it was also comforting to know that I wasn't alone, that my feelings were normal, that I wasn't going crazy, and most of all, that I could survive this.
When I felt ready I posted my own story on the forum, and was answered with compassion and understanding. No matter what you are thinking or feeling there is always someone there who understands.

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I cannot imagine having to go through the experience of losing my son through suicide without the support of all the wonderful and compassionate people on this forum. It kept me sane. It got me through many a dark night. Most of all it gave me hope. I will be forever grateful.

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The forum is well run and monitored by professionals and fellow survivors. The website is easy to use and understand. I cannot think of any changes that need to be made.

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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?

Online search.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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June 29, 2011

My best friend took her own life on Feb. 17,2011 and it has had such a ripple effect on myself,her partner and especially my two young daughters. This group has allowed me to not feel alone and isolated.I was able to talk with others one on one also which was wonderful to be able to share. People do not want to talk about painful death, especially not due to suicide, I found this over and over again in my world. Ronnie and the other facilitators have made me feel that I am not alone. I have been validated in my feelings like know else could even do for me unless you've walked this awful road of surviving a tragic loss like this. I am eternally grateful for them and this website.
Jane Regan

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Sharing the pain and emotions of the fall out from suicide has been a tremendous help and I feel I will need the support for sometime~

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Make it easier to post a photo.

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June 29, 2011

Having been a fundraiser for over 20 years, I was very much impressed by the mission and vision of the organization because it actually does what it says it's going to do. It The compassion and relatedness of the organization's founder are unprecidented in her service to the participants. This organization is making a real difference and truly exemplifies the definitiion of "nonprofit" in the world of nonprofits.

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watching it grow from a concept to a real, working difference-making viable nonprofit organization

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I would do advertising and marketing.

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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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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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June 29, 2011

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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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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