ALLIANCE OF HOPE FOR SUICIDE SURVIVORS

Rating: 4.86 stars   328 reviews

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Location: PO Box 7005 c/o Ronnie Susan Walker Evanston IL 60201 USA

Mission: The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, provides healing support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our services help people survive the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of loss and eventually go beyond just surviving, to again lead meaningful and productive lives. Our Mission: Kindness matters. For those who've lost a loved one to suicide, it matters a lot. That’s why we exist: to provide healing, compassionate support to those who are suffering through the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of suicide. Our services help people survive and go beyond just surviving, to lead productive lives filled with meaning and joy.
Results: Every day, people write to say the Alliance of Hope is their lifeline. Since 2008, over 5,000 people have joined our forum, exchanging more than 100,000 communications. We currently have the largest public data base about the survivor experience in the world. It is estimated that for each member who actively participates in our forum, 7 to 10 others read and get value, but do not join or post. Over 35% of those leaving reviews on our website have said we were their "lifeline" or "saved their life" in the aftermath of loss.
Target demographics: According to the World Health Organization, approximately one million people die by suicide annually. For each of those victims, eight other people are profoundly affected by a devastating grief that is not well-understood by most professionals, let alone the general public. Our services help people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. We help people survive the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of loss and eventually go beyond just surviving, to again lead meaningful and productive lives. With the help of communication technology, we reach places where no other support exists.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The aftermath of a suicide is not something to be taken lightly and those who haven't been touched by such a devastating experience, are often not the right person to help the bereaved. To understand what the survivor goes through, you unfortunately would need to have the personal experience of losing somebody to suicide. I found that it is crucial for a survivor’s future path to get guidance from another who has worn those shoes. Without judgement, they are able to understand the extremity of emotions, fears and anxiety that follows such an event. Sharing a piece of your heart with others are more healing than advice shouted from the side lines.
Alliance of Hope is a resting place for the broken hearted.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I lost my only son to suicide Jan 17th 2013, almost 2 yrs ago now, its been a long lonely road, I am still on antidepressent's which has helped. My friend's have been very supportive too, but don't really understand, so I have joined a support group for this kind of loss, it take's me an hour to get there, once a month, I don't feel quite so isolated being there. I kiss his photo & talk to him every day, I find that help's

My son ran in front of a train, I still can't bring myself to travel on one . i still get nightmare's, but put that down to stopping my anti depressants.

I can't say I look forward to xmas anymore, he alway's helped me decorate the tree, I can't do this now. I wonder how other people cope ? A lovely long term friend has invited me to her house this Christmas. I don't have any family apart from my brother who lives 4 hrs drive away, though we do ring each other every week.

This is a partically hard time of year for all of us without our loved one's.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I lost my sister September 14, 2014 to suicide. She poured gas in her van and got in and lit it on fire.She was the one that took care of everyone else. A year before we spent the last 4 months daily of my other sisters life together until she took her last breath. We formed a special bond. I called her sister mom because she was such a caregiver.She had it together and a classy lady is what we all thought. The day I got the phone call I was in total disbelief. Not Nancy,imposible..wrong person. Was like getting hit with a shot gun . I didn't know how to react. I threw chairs and took 3 people to hold me down .I was so angry ,confused, my body didn't know how to react. I passed out. My husband and son got hold of my pastor and she sat with me for hours and just let me talk crazy. I wake up crying out of my sleep almost everynight. I counsel with my pastor which thinks im like a rock and doing great. But I feel at times like im dying inside. I don't know how to do this. I have days when I just go with the moment and other days I feel like I took 10 steps backwards. I sometimes forget she isn't here. She made everything look so normal .She spent the night at my house the week end before and we planned a sister trip with my other sister. She seemed so excited about it. I look back and things now make sense. Why didn't I see it then I ask? But then why would I suspect when she seemed so normal . She did a lot of visiting the month prior to doing this. She was married and had her daughter and 4 grandchildren living with her.She also had a son and two other grandchildren. She so seemed to love life. Will I ever understand this horrible tradgedy? I love and miss her so much .Im just trying to process this. I spoke at her funeral and never shed a tear for the Lord helped me.It was a celebration of her life. I wrote remember me with a smile..oh her laughter was so contagious and her smile lit up the room...please help I don't know how to do this one and I have lost a lot of loved ones.

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We are confused by this review as this person is not a "volunteer" for the Alliance of Hope - and her review says nothing about any interactions with our organization. Winny55, we are very sorry for the loss of your sister.-- Ronnie Walker, Executive Director

Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my husband just over 3 years ago. I found the alliance of hope about a week or so following my loss. Loss to suicide is devastating. I didn't know where to turn. I couldn't find a support group in my area and desperately needed to talk with those that could relate.
Having a support group that are available 24/7 was exactly what I needed. I can come here day or night and know that someone is listening and reaching out.
I was helped and comforted by so many people. They gave me the strength to keep on keeping on. Pulled me up when I could barely stand.
I now serve as a volunteer on the forum in the hopes I can give back a little of what I have, and continue to receive. Thanks to the Alliance I have learned we CAN and DO go beyond just surviving:)

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My husband took his life less than 2 weeks ago. The alliance of hope has been a Godsend to me. To share what you are going through with others going through the same horrendous experience lets you know you are not alone. Within a couple of hours of my initial post I had responses of encouragement and knew I had found an invaluable support system. My world is torn apart right now, visiting this sight helps me put one foot in front of the other...baby steps.Through the alliance I have found someone going through a very similar situation to mine and we e-mail each other day. I feel I am free to say anything, uncensored to her as she "gets it" We are unfortunately, kindred spirits, we share our pain, talk about our kids, encourage when we can. The Alliance of hope is my life line.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found the forum a few weeks after the death of my partner. Words can not express the pain and sorrow that I felt. To read about others losses and what they felt was a great comfort in the sense that I was feeling similar emotions. A survivor can feel many things and sometimes all at once. Guilt seems to be an emotion common to most and one of the most difficult. Through the forum, I understood that it was a part of the journey, not particular to me. This freed me to let go of it and open the path to healing. Another important aspect of the forum is reading how others heal. The Alliance has a healing compassionate space where we all truly can understand the depths of each others pain and encourage each other to heal. I have been coming to the forum for three years and engage weekly on the forum. I volunteer my time because of how much other volunteers helped me through the very difficult beginning days and weeks. Only survivors really know and understand the many issues associated with losing someone they love by suicide.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This site has helped me to feel like there are others out there who have been through this horrific experience and understand what I have gone thought. It has helped me to know that others have felt the same things that I have felt.

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

Helping me to understand the stages of grief.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I came upon this forum 7 weeks after losing my son to suicide. Here I found others who not only cared about what I was experiencing, but understood.

At this point, it's been almost 4 years since losing my son. I continue to visit the forum nearly everyday. The forum community has stood by me and supported me while I walked my healing journey, welcoming joy and purpose into my life again.

Life is once again very good for me, and I credit this forum, the powerful community that participates with that healing.

Namaste,
Sandy

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is an organization of compassionate people who have all lost loved ones to suicide. The support I received there after losing my husband was the most valuable part of my healing journey. I continue to volunteer my time because so many people have said that the Alliance of Hope forum is their "lifeline" during the most difficult time of their life. Three years after my loss, and I still receive encouragement to continue healing as well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I lost my son to suicide 14 years ago. I lost again 5 years ago my remaining son to accident. I felt as though I was alone in all my thoughts. I felt so lost and broken beyond repair. I could not talk about all the things I thought about, I didn't know what to say. I hid away in my room on mother's day reading an old treasured card over and over and over again. I had no idea what I would find when I typed the word suicide into the search engine. This forum has saved my life. This forum has given me my life. I have found hope.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I lost my 23 year old daughter to suicide 4-11-13 and I have found tremendous support at this site and all the while you can remain anonymous if you like. It's good to find others who are going through the same thing so you won't feel alone or that you are losing your mind due to how you feel. I think it's a great site and very helpful.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

On May 27th of 2013 my roommate, best friend and the Love of my life took her own life. I was utterly and completely devastated. The days that followed seemed to get worse instead of better. Life was looking darker and darker as each hour passed. I thought there was no end in sight and no hope at all left for me.

That following Saturday, I found The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. Hesitant, I browsed through the postings. I saw pain. I saw sorrow and grief beyond what a normal human being should be expected to bear. There were many other poor souls who had gone through a similar experience to mine. I became intrigued by their stories and decided to join. I am so glad I did.

At the advice of others on the site I did join a counseling group in my local area. They were somewhat helpful but limited in the times they were available. This is not the case with The Forum. There have been many times, depressed and sliding downhill, I have posted my feelings in the middle of the night. More often than not, I soon received a response. This was perhaps someone else feeling the same at the time but, nonetheless, a response. It was someone to talk to when nothing else was available to me. I cannot even begin to tell you how much that meant to me.

Since my time on The Forum, I have begun to heal. I have found hope in other’s words and offered some of my own healing techniques. I have gained so much from this resource. Looking back, I honestly do not believe I would be where I am today without this site. Today, I am a survivor.

I am so happy I found The Alliance as it truly is what it’s name states… an alliance of people who have suffered great loss and are seeking out assistance on their road to recovery. Warriors, so to speak. Warriors fighting a battle together as one that know we will win this war

Thank you Alliance of Hope… thank you for saving my life and bringing back my reason to move forward.

Woody

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

I really don't believe there are changes needed. If I were to change just one thing I guess it would be to allow some of the "bad words" that get banned automatically. I certainly understand the reasoning for this but think words such as "damn" and "crap" should be allowed. Sometimes, there is no better way to get a point across without a little "shock" in the content. "I wish this wasn't so damn hard! I just can't handle this crap anymore!" You see... you know exactly what I'm saying there.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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