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June 28, 2011

My brother committed suicide a little over two years ago. Six months after his death I realized I was not doing very well. My life style is such -- I work in one city and live in another -- that face to face counseling was problematic. I found this site after much searching and have been a participant for well over a year. Quite frankly I prefer the anonymity of the site but I also find there to be great comfort in the communication with a group of women I have become close to over this time. I cannot say how important this site is to me. We talk, we cry, we discuss mundane things and we also discuss profound things. The counselors give us gentle hints and thoughts when we need their intervention and we continue to help each other through our difficult journeys in our new worlds without our loved ones. I have gone from being terrorized by the violence and guilt of my brother's death down a path towards some level of grace and I attribute this in part to time, in part to the support of my sisters on this site. Kudos to its founders, its volunteers, its participants. It has been a life and mind saver.

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

my everyday life and in recovery from the suicide of a loved one

Ways to make it better...

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

further publicize its work. I have donated funds so that it can continue.

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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My brother died by suicide in Nov 2010 and this site has been so supportive at any hour of the day or night. The people who respond with such caring words of support have made a difference to me.

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

My most desperate times of need

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide a place where a small multi picture memorial could be made.

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June 28, 2011

I go in streaks wondering about what exactly happened with my late son. I found this site, and on it a lot of good advice and support to help me get through my upsetting feelings that were affecting my life as it is now. It was very comforting to find a place where people understood what it was like to have to deal with the after-effects of a suicide.

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

my personal life, in showing there are others with similar situations to mine who are willing to support those who need it, when they need it.

Ways to make it better...

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

Publicize it more.

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After my son took his life by suicide on May 16th 2010, I felt so isolated from everything and everyone that I had once considered a comfort zone, that I truly did not believe I would ever be able to function normally again. I could not communicate with very many people because unfortunately I was on a journey that only people that actually lose a loved one to suicide can understand. I found the Alliance of Hope online as I was desperately searching to find a support group that I could join. This journey of healing is very painful and without the Alliance of Hope I am not sure that I be where I am one year after losing my son. The members and Moderators are the most wonderful and caring people that always have big hugs for you on your really bad days and encouragement for every baby step that a survivor takes. Thanks Alliance of Hope for being there when I really needed understanding and guidance.

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

My healing after the loss of my 33 year old son.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do absolutely nothing as it is the best support group I have found. If I was very rich I would make sure they had proper funding to continue helping people that go through the worst loss a person could imagine.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I found it online.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To help you breathe, eat, and survive the first raw grief that overwhelms a person after lossing a loved one to suicide.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To ensure survivors that life will never be the same but there can be a good quality of life eventually. You are always welcome, no matter how much time passes after loss of a loved one to suicide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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When my husband of 27 years shot and killed himself in front of me three years ago ( 6/23/08) as a result of PTSD from 9/11 , I felt so alone. Even though family and friends wanted to help, no one could understand what I was going through. I still visit the Alliance for Hope site often, and they have been a true sources of support for me. I can find people who share my feelings and know first -hand what I am going through, I don't feel crazy or totally alone with my thoughts now. No matter what time of day or night you can log on and find help and support.. I can not praise this site enough for helping me.

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

Knowing that I am not alone and the things that I am experiencing are normal. This site saved my life!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

Be sure that every survivor becomes aware of this organization the moment they lose a loved one to suicide.

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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?

Surfing the web for answers and information to help me deal with my husbands suicide.

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

Saved my life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I lost my fiance to suicide more than 2 years ago. At the time, I really felt I was extremely alone. Nobody understood what I went through on daily basis. The roller coater of emotions made me believe I was slowly going insane.
I found my grief counselor Ronnie Walker on a search engine and I
came across her organization Alliance of Hope for suicide survivors. http://www.forsuicidesurvivors.com
I believe her fantastic organization had made such a positive impact in my life and my healing started.
As a fiancee who lost her fiance to suicide, not only did I go through extreme emotions, I also was the target of insensitive remarks.

The reason I love this organization is because I feel people who really care about each other. This is the place where I truely feel safe.. I can share my feelings, experiences, frustrations, etc without being judged. I feel in a world of unknown, I have found my family..

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

This is the ONLY organization who is designed and maintained by fellow suicide survivors. I now realize my life will be good again. My life will not be surrounded by sorrows, self pity and self doubts. Life can be rebuilt after a loved one's suicide!

Ways to make it better...

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

I hope we can receive more funding from the general public so that we can help suicide survivors from all over the world.

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As a former steward of the Alliance for Hope for Suicide Survivors, I can attest to the loving, caring and nonjudgmental support it provides to those needing a safe place in which to share and explore their feelings about the most devastating life experience they may ever have to face. Not only does the Alliance have compassionate and resourceful moderators, (who are themselves survivors) but the community of survivors is a welcoming, generous, healing life force. Whatever I put into the Alliance I got back a hundred times over.

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

that the Alliance helped me in the final stages of my journey to acceptance of the loss of a loved one that had happened years before when there were no survivor websites. There is still none to compare with the Alliance.

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

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My best friend died of suicide on December 1st 2010. I found this support group online. It's barely been 7 months but the people here have helped me in ways that no one else could understand if they were not themselves a suicide survivor. I am so grateful for this organization and the help and support they have provided me through the most difficult time of my life. The acceptance they show is incredible, no matter where you are coming in from. Thank you for all you do and will do for us suicide survivors. You truly help us survive.

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

my personal life. Because of the support I have found here I am doing more than just surviving. I am learning to live again after a significant loss. I am learning to live with the loss and not just "get over it" like so many people without this experience expect.

Ways to make it better...

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

want to get the word out so that more people could find the support they need here.

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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?

Google

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June 28, 2011

I found Alliance of Hope a little over two years ago. When my son died by suicide the last thing that I wanted was to walk into an counselors office to tell my story, let alone meet someone I didn't know. When my daughter and I found the forum on the website it was a great way to "talk" without going outside of our home. There we were welcomed with open loving arms, by people that knew where we were in this long journey of complicated grief...A Suicide Survivor. I felt their love and support and that enabled me to go to counseling and to get the help that I needed. They reassured me when i had setbacks that it was "normal", and helped me stay strong when I could and allow myself to be weak when I couldn't and to not be ashamed of that. I have gone on to volunteer for the AFSP and to get involved in those causes, and recently I have been able to give back volunteering with a local fire department in their crisis response program and that has been a healing as well, and I have found a job and am planning on returning to teaching in August...all HUGE steps for me personally, no one wants to belong to this society of survivors but without them i would hate to think about where I would be.

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

surviving my son's suicide.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it bigger so that more people would be able to find it and get help!

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June 28, 2011

After our son died by suicide in 2008, I joined the Alliance of Hope I didn't say much at first and mostly read others posts. The replies were always very supportive and encouraging. Over the years I have referred many people to this forum. The forum is a global community and has many levels of sub-forums where a survivor can find their niche and connect with the right people.

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

Because of my military service and our son have died by suicide while serving, I found my special niche on the forums. After many months of posting on the Military/Fire/Police forums I was asked to be a Steward of that sub-forum. I was also given a platform to blog on important Military Suicide issues on the Military/Fire/Police blog. My recent "A Death Less Honorable" blog was quoted from by the CNN news service and a handful of other media outlets. The Alliance is making a difference!

Ways to make it better...

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

The only changed required is continued growth.

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