Meet-Up for Survivors of Murder-Suicide Loss
You are not alone. After murder-suicide loss survivors may feel isolated and stigmatized. This peer-led group was founded to provide hope and collectively support each other through this rare type of loss which, unfortunately, is an everyday occurrence in the United States. They welcome
all survivors of murder-suicide loss, regardless of their relationship to those
who died. They emphasize welcoming all kinds of survivors of this type of loss
as they understand, for many people, you cannot “choose sides.” The loss of multiple people after this type of suicide loss is incredibly complex to navigate. Survivors include, but are not limited to, the following circumstances: sibling and/or step-sibling loss, parental and/or step-parental loss, child or step-child loss, spouse, ex-spouse, partner or ex-partner loss, in-law loss, friend loss, witnesses of murder-suicide with or without direct connections to the victim and/or perpetrator, and attempted murder-suicide survivors. This peer led
group is a hybrid traditional support group and action group.
They welcome those interested in either, or both. Their 90 minute format
is conveniently divided to accommodate attendees with interests in
traditional support and/or advocacy.
Brittany Noble McCarthy and Sara Cobb are survivors of murder-suicide loss and the co-founders of this unique support network which launched in 2020 and today has connected survivors across the country.
The group meets every other Friday via Zoom at 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST.
Contact Brittany at email@example.com or
Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. They ask all attendees to complete an initial phone or video
call with one of the group leaders to ensure the environment is a good fit
and to ensure the safety and privacy of all group members.
Prerequisites for group participation:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be currently in professional counseling/therapy, actively
seeking professional counseling/therapy, or have a willingness to
professional counseling/therapy in the future
- Must be willing to share contact information with the group leads
for emergency use only
Check out the group profile at: https://grief.com/grief-support-group-directory/
Understanding Your Grief: Support Group for Fathers
Grieving dads, you are invited to join Eric's House for their virtual
Understanding Your Grief: Support Group for Fathers. Men who have lost a
child or stepchild of any age to substance abuse, suicide, or sudden trauma
are welcome to join. Sessions run for 9 weeks on a weekly basis. They begin
on Tuesday, August 17 and end on October 12, 2021. Eric's House makes all
groups affordable. As a non-profit dedicated to healing broken hearts, they ensure that everyone who needs support gets support. The fee for all
groups is 45, which covers materials and expenses only. If you simply don’t
have the resources to cover their fee, they will help.
Please call 855-896-5658 or visit www.ericshouse.org for more
information, and follow @ericshouse88 on Instagram.
You DO NOT have to live in Arizona to join this group!
Bucket List Adventure: Putting Faith Over Fear
So I did a thing the other day. I crossed a big adventure off of my bucket-list. I wrangled my dear friend Mattie into going skydiving with me at DZone Skydiving near Boise, Idaho!
I originally planned on doing this on July 4th, to celebrate my birthday, honor of the 3 year marker of my brother Sky's death, and commemorate the 2nd birthday of My Grief Connection, but due to circumstances beyond my control it was postponed.
Even though I didn't get to do it on the day I had planned to, was still an amazing and exciting experience. My younger brother Adam was able to go with me for moral and photographic support, which was super special.
I was able to spread some of Skyler’s cremains in the sky right before jumping as well. We had talked about going skydiving together someday. Even thought it wasn't the way we planned it, we got to do it together after all.
I was shockingly calm and not that nervous. I even slept well last night, which was a surprise. Of course, there was a "Holy Crap!" moment when getting into position on the edge of the plane and the first few seconds of free fall, but after I caught my breath, it was just awesome. It was pretty smokey over Boise that day, but I still had just a mind blowing view!
I'm so thankful I had the chance to do this and am so proud of myself. I know that Sky is proud of me too. I'm grateful I got to have this adventure with my sister-friend Mattie. We are certainly bonded for life now!
It's thrilling to kick off this new phase of my life with a challenge to put my faith over my fear! Now I know I can do much more than I ever thought I could. I'm looking forward to seeing what other fears I can face and overcome!
Author Bio: Sara J. Cobb is the Founder of My Grief Connection, a hub of grief resources, tools and information, that provides grievers with support in finding hope for healing after loss.
FREE Suicide Prevention Training - QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer)
In partnership with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho State Department of Education is offering free online QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention!
This training is available to Idaho educators and any member of a school's community (this includes
parents, grandparents, school staff, staff at youth organizations, coaches; anyone who interacts with
students at home or at school). The training takes about 1-2 hours to complete. They want as many caring
adults as possible prepared and trained to connect students with support and resources! Thank you for
taking the time to complete this course which will help you protect and support our youth.
Get started here: https://form.jotform.com/200843987115156
FREE Healing After Suicide Loss Masterclass Series
July 26 - August 8, 2021
If you want to finally heal after losing your loved one to suicide and move forward with your life, then you
should sign up for the Healing After Suicide Loss interview series. My friend Caro Brookings handpicked 25+
top experts, authors and support providers from the suicide grief and loss space for this free interview series
on how to find peace, make life liveable again and move forward one day at a time. I am so grateful to be part
of this FREE 14-day interview series, and I can’t wait to share my wisdom with you!
Healing After Suicide Loss starts on July 26. Don’t miss out!
Register to save your seat at: https://interviewseries.healingaftersuicideloss.org/sara
Bereaved Parents Awareness Month
July is recognized each year as Bereaved Parents Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to
raising public awareness of the support required when one endures the death of a child at any age.
If you are a parent who has lost a child, our hearts and thoughts are with you this month, and always.
Some terrific grief resources and organizations that support and assist bereaved parents are:
Alive Alone - https://www.alivealone.org/
Bereaved Parents of the USA - https://www.bereavedparentsusa.org/
The Compassionate Friends - https://www.compassionatefriends.org/
The COPE Foundation - https://copefoundation.org/
Dads of Steele Grief Support Group - https://dadsofsteele.org/grieving-dads/
David's Hope Pregnancy Loss Ministry - www.davidshopeministry.org
Grieve. Breathe. Believe. - https://www.betternotbittermom.com/offers/Byd2z2bi
Grieving Dads - To the Brink and Back - https://grievingdads.com/
Infant Loss Resources, Inc. - http://infantlossresources.org/
Jonathan's Giving Tree - https://jonathansgivingtree.org
Mamie's Poppy Plates -https://mamiespoppyplates.com/
The MISS Foundation - https://missfoundation.org/
The Morning - http://www.themorning.com/
The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. - http://pomc.com/
SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. - http://nationalshare.org/
Sharing Solace - https://sharingsolace.com/
Still Birth Day - https://stillbirthday.com/
Sunshine After the Storm - https://sunshineafterthestorm.org/
TEARS Foundation - https://thetearsfoundation.org/
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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Updated 23 September 2021
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