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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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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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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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So many lives are affected by our support and this organization establishes the impact of who cares, and who represents the change that is needed.

We all need an outlet to express our discomfort with our existence and this site performs a service that maintains a spirit of acceptance to
overcome our internal and external conflicts.

We need more.

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