January 23, 2013
After my son passed I sought help from a therapist and two face to face support groups. My therapist had treated only one other suicide survivor and that had been several years ago. One of the face to face bereavement groups was made up of older people who had lost their loved ones from natural causes or from illness. I just could not relate to this group, I didn't fit in. Losing my son by way of suicide was different. The second group was a specific group for suicide survivors. I could relate to this group, buy it only met one time a month. A meeting one time enough was not enough to help me sort through all the anguish I was having. Seven months after my son passed I came across The Alliance of Hope. I vividly remember sitting at my computer and absolutely balling my eyes out as I read posts, posts that I could have written because I felt what these people were feeling. Gathering my courage, I wrote my first post. There was a response within minutes....and I cried. Tears from being able to tell MY STORY and to have others reach out and respond with understanding. I had been like a woman drowning an now someone had come and grabbed my head up out of the water. I could breathe again. The Alliance Of Hope provided me an outlet, a way to process my grief. The Alliance Of Hope is helping me to live again.
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