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June 29, 2011

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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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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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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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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June 29, 2011

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

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

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It should be known more widely.

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June 29, 2011

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

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

plan group get togethers.

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June 29, 2011

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

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June 29, 2011

I have searched for help since I lost my precious daughter on 26th April 2011 and found such comfort reading other's letters in Alliance of Hope. Whenever I feel like I can't go on and just can't talk to anyone then I turn to the forum and it has kept me going through some of my worst moments since finding my daughter hanging from her bedroom door. This pain is so intense and only others who have suffers a similar loss could possible understand what it feels like. All I can say is thank you for helping me get through another day.

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Don't understand

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

Let more people know about it

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I found this forum 15 months after my wife's suicide. I was an emotional wreck until I recieved the support and insight gained by my fellow forum members. I could not have picked myself back up and got on with my life if it had not been for this forum. It is an incredible resourse for those who need it.

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It gave me insight into my condition and helped me accept what had happened

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

This organization needs to be known to more people in need

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June 29, 2011

Both my brothers killed themselves, 13 years apart, one also killing his wife.
I am on a lot of forums so it was natural to search for one for suicide survivors. The help and support was immediate.
I was so thankful I had these caring people to turn to day or night.
My personal road to
recovery was much quicker having been a part of this wonderful forum..

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

my recovery

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

not change a thing

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