My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors, Evanston, IL, USA
My 22 year-old son died by suicide on February 18, 2020. He was a college student and was devastated by the end of a romantic relationship . Despite my efforts in talking with him daily for a month he took his life; I thought he would get better with time and was not aware of his feeling suicidal. His father flew out West to be with him but he hung himself in his apartment before he arrived. We were living a nightmare. Soon after his death, I reached out to a counselor I had seen in the past. He had been very helpful in dealing with other issues in my life; however, I found that he didn't have the skills to help me deal with the grief and immense sense of guilt I had surrounding my son's suicide.
I had read an article about suicide in the NYT and Alliance of Hope was mentioned as a resource. It was a month after his death before I visited the site.
I am so grateful for finding AOH as I had never been so pained and confused in my life. It is the gentle support from other survivors on the forum as well as the available counseling that has helped me cope with the loss of my precious son. Both supports have helped me be there for my other three children as I am more informed about our shared loss. No one can understand the pain associated with suicide but another survivor who has experienced a similar loss.
I don’t know where I would be without the support that I have received from the AOH.
I am forever grateful.