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ALLIANCE OF HOPE FOR SUICIDE SURVIVORS
June 22, 2011

When my husband died, it was the most painful, unimaginable thing that could have happened to my children and myself. We didn`t understand it, none of my friends understood it, but mostly noone wanted to talk about it. I felt like the white elephant in the room. I didn`t know anyone who had been through the grief of suicide, and when I look back now I am glad noone did know about it. I had noone to turn too, I thought I was the only one that had lost their husband by this tragic death. I started looking around for support groups in my area, I didn`t know how to deal with the grief and loss I was feeling, there was nothing, no single meeting, no suicide support groups, in fact as soon as I said my grief was suicide grief, they couldn`t wait to get me out of the door. It was 3am and I was a wreck, i hadn`t stopped crying in days, I felt so alone and in a really dark place emotionally. i went online and found this group. I posted `I lost my husband to suicide, i am broken` ... with in 3 minutes Ronnie replied, told me I wasn`t the only one who was on this journey and the group would support me, people told me their stories, all sad tragic tales of their loved ones. The group held my hand as i dealt with the legal side and the emotional side, my grief, my children`s grief, I felt normal, I wasn`t alone but mostly I felt accepted to tell my story. I have made amazing friends and have become very close to another lady whose friendship is amazing. This group, was my crutch, my life line and understood me as I walked beside the members in my darkest hours

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Helping my get through the suicide of my husband

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i wouldn`t change a thing ... they are a group of amazing people

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I found emotionally support, understanding and acceptance when none wanted to listen.