Coping With Loss When Death Is Stigmatized Webinar
Join the FREE “Coping With Loss When Death Is Stigmatized,” TAPS Institute Webinar on January 18, 2022, from Noon - 1:00 pm EST. Dr. Kenneth Doka pioneered the concept of “disenfranchised grief,” giving a name to the reality in which mourners feel they don’t have the right to express their loss openly or fully because of the cultural stigma about how the person died. For example, those mourning a death by suicide or drug overdose may often feel that others are judging the choices and behaviors of the person who has died, or the actions taken (or not taken) by those who are grieving. Join Dr. Doka for a compelling conversation about how survivors can cope with loss when facing these difficult situations, and how professionals can better understand and support them.
Register at www.taps.org/institute
6th annual Conference on Suicide: Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention –
Expanding the Conversation and Offering Solutions
January 27 - 29, 2002
This three day conference will explore solutions to the challenges that contribute to inequities and inequalities in our systems and in ourselves. The 2022 conference will dig deep to look for solutions to increases in suicide and suicidal attempts in diverse communities with a focus on what prevention models, evidence-based training programs and treatment modalities are working to make a difference and save lives.
The first day of the conference is the annual School Summit, presented by The Children’s Foundation, with sessions and speakers focused on education and youth. The second day of the conference, presented by the Dolores and
Paul Lavins Foundation, features expanded conversations and solutions to the increased suicide risk in marginalized communities. The final day of the conference is dedicated to survivors and the elimination of stigma and is presented by the Joseph J. Laurencelle Memorial Foundation. Saturday’s survivor program will be FREE and available as part of all conference registrations as well as being live streamed on Facebook in conjunction with Detroit Public Television: Kevin Fischer of NAMI MI, Jordan Burnham, Barb Smith and a survivor panel moderated
by Amelia Lehto. On Thursday and Friday, there will be 10 breakout sessions covering a variety of subjects of interest to educators, mental health professionals and suicide prevention advocates.
Registration for the conference will be $150 to attend the three-day conference and $100 for the
3rd Annual School Summit only. The Saturday Program is FREE of charge, but you must register in advance.
Student rates are available.
Register for the conference at: https://kevinssong.org/conference/
Connection Is The Cure
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Ford Idaho Center Arena - 16114 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, ID 83687
FREE ADMISSION, No tickets required
Doors & resource booths open at 5:30 PM
On-stage event begins at 6:30 PM
All are welcome to attend this mental health awareness and suicide
prevention concert event featuring Alex Boyé: Connection Is The Cure on
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Ford Idaho Center Arena.
For more information visit: https://www.connectionisthecureidaho.org/
Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit
July 21 - 24, 2022
The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit, taking place July 21 - 24, 2022 in
Cleveland, Ohio, provides those who have lost a loved one to suicide several years in the
past or more a unique opportunity to share their experiences, and benefit from constructive
new insights on how to healthily continue their grief journey over time. Those whose loss is
less recent (typically five or more years ago) are encouraged to attend, as the summit will
offer a different perspective than for those whose grief is more recent.
Through workshops, expert-led discussions, and social activities,
participants will engage with topics including:
• the different stages of grief • how to break the silence within families • using art, writing, and physical activity to process feelings over time • the intersection of trauma and long-term suicide loss • the positive aspects of volunteering • suicide and military culture • the relation of spirituality to suicide loss • sharing about suicide loss in the digital age • facilitating support groups for the newly bereaved • turning pain into purpose • the need for self-compassion • coping with long-term grief and depression • and more
The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit is the only conference of its kind, and one that promises to offer participants invaluable strategies to reflect, grow, and continue to heal.
Register at: https://afsp.org/long-term-survivors-of-suicide-loss-summit
Preventing a Crisis: Straight Talk on Youth Mental Health & Suicide
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
Northwest Nazarene University Brandt Center Auditorium
623 S. University Blvd. Nampa, Idaho 83651
Due to recent deaths by suicide among our Canyon County students, we need to have a serious conversation
with parents and guardians about youth mental health including anxiety, depression, and suicide.
This adults-only conversation will highlight prevention and intervention resources and strategies.
Dealing with Grief During the Holidays
December 10-11, 2021
Do you say yes to invites when you want to say no?
Do you struggle with saying your loved one died by suicide?
Does the death of your loved one make you feel powerless?
Do you struggle with seeing holiday decorations?
The holidays are just around the corner, and this can be a challenging time for many;
especially for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Peggy Green has created a powerful and timely virtual event that is FREE for all to attend. Dealing with Grief During the Holidays
is a free, two-day virtual summit designed with you in mind. On December 10-11, you'll
receive the tools and strategies that you need to cope with the pain of the loss of your loved
one throughout the holidays. This summit is a blueprint for dealing with grief during
the holidays and how to survive your suicide loss.
This will allow you to say no instead of yes.
You will no longer struggle with accepting how your loved one died.
You will take back your power.
You will understand the importance of memories of your loved one.
To gather more information and to register please visit: https://www.theegriefspecialist.com/summit
Watch a preview video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teO2Co7xIR
It was such an honor and joy for our founder, Sara Cobb, to be a recent guest on the
"The Resilience of Grieving Podcast" with host Melo Garcia of After Chloe
Melo and Sara had a heartfelt conversation about grief, faith, family, and love. Sara shared about the
traumatic losses of her two older brothers and how her grief drove her to launch My Grief Connection and
the only known support group specifically for murder-suicide loss survivors in the US.
The episode is now live and available to listen to on Apple Podcasts and Spotify,
in time for the end of Suicide Prevention & Awareness month.
They spoke about some sensitive topics include the death of a child, murder-suicide loss,
and trauma, so please use your discretion about whether or not to listen.
Follow After Chloe on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AfterChloe
Visit the After Chloe website at: https://afterchloe.com/
Healing After Suicide Challenge From Scattering Hope
September 20 - 24, 2021
Begin healing after suicide in as little as 5 days together! Join Crystal Partney from Scattering Hope,
Monday- Friday, September 20th-24th, for the Healing After Suicide Challenge.
What you will learn in the Healing After Suicide Challenge:
- Healing takes time and you are on no one else's timeline but your own when it comes to
deciding that your ready to begin healing.
- Explore how taking baby steps in your healing can give you daily wins and how
transformative these tiny celebrations can become.
- Learn about the power of connection.
Sign-up at: https://challenge.scatteringhope.com/
My Ascension Documentary FREE Virtual Screening
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
This FREE virtual screening of the feature length documentary "My Ascension," chronicles Emma Benoit's inspiring journey and quest to walk again after a suicide attempt paralyzed her. Emma became propelled by a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. The film also highlights the stories of two remarkable young people who tragically did not survive their attempts, and we learn first-hand from their families, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts about the devastating effects of suicide and what can
be done to prevent it. Magellan Healthcare, The Speedy Foundation,
Idaho Federation of Families, Recovery in Motion and Hope Squad present
thisspecial screening of the film "My Ascension," available to stream for FREE on
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST.
The screening will be followed by an important dialogue related to youth suicide prevention. Speakers include: Emma Benoit, Shannon Decker, founder of The Speedy Foundation,
Dr. Greg Hudnall, founder of Hope Squad and filmmaker Greg Dicharry.
Register now for this FREE event at: http://watch.showandtell.film/watch/idaho
If you or someone you know needs help - call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line - Text - HELLO to 741741
3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Walkathon Supports the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Nampa, Idaho – The 3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Suicide Prevention Walkathon will kick off promptly at 8:00 PM on September 11, 2021, with general festivities and team set-up at 7:00 PM at Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho. (301 S. Happy Valley Road). All ages are welcome to come for a few hours or to stay all night long!
Idaho is consistently ranked in the top 10 states for suicide deaths every year. If ever there was a time to focus on suicide prevention, it is now! Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health needs are escalating drastically. During the second quarter of 2021, which ended in June, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline received 49% more calls than it did in the second quarter of 2020. This number is a significant increase in those recognizing that they are struggling and need support. Thankfully, in Idaho, we are committed as a community to stand by those who are struggling.
In September, during National Suicide Prevention Month, Strength 2 Thrive provides space for the community to come together in solidarity and support with those suffering from suicidal thoughts or the grief from the loss of a loved one to suicide. The event has raised nearly $70,000 for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline in the previous two years.
The walkathon is an uplifting community gathering intended to raise awareness around suicide, offer support for those suffering from suicidal thoughts or attempts, and comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.
There will be live local music and speakers throughout the night, a memorial garden of remembrance, and food trucks serving refreshments. During this family-friendly, outdoor event, folks of all ages will walk around the track during the hours that suicide rates are at their highest, showing their emotional support for those who are suffering.
Donations are tax-deductible and will benefit the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, helping to save lives!
Register to walk and raise funds, or donate to support others who are walking, at www.strength2thrive.org. For questions or more information, email Jennifer Haagenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help spread the light to those who are hurting, struggling, and lonely.
So many suffer alone in silence with their dark thoughts. Let's show them that we care and there is hope that they can get to a better, brighter place in life.
Come participate in the 3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Suicide Prevention Walkathon & Community Event on September 11, 2021, at Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho.
The community will gather to raise awareness about suicide prevention and postvention, and we will support those who are suffering from suicidal thoughts and/or attempts, mental health issues, and grief from the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Pull together your friends, family, co-worker to join you, as we all walk throughout the night in support and solidarity with those who need us.
Teams are challenged to raise $5,000 in donations for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Individuals are
welcome to participate as well. All the funds raised will be put to good use and will help save lives.
There will be live local music, speakers, a garden of remembrance & food trucks.
This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome!
Let's illuminate the darkness and spread light, love & hope far and wide!
Learn more and sign up today at http://strength2thrive.org/
To donate to the My Grief Connection team, Alive 2 Thrive, visit: https://strength2thrive.org/donations/sara-cobb/
Follow @strength2thrive_walk on Instagram and Like the Strength 2 Thrive Facebook Page for updates.
If you missed my interview with Carolin Brookings on the Healing After Suicide Loss series, you can now watch it
on my YouTube Channel! While you are there, be sure to subscribe to be alerted when new videos are added!
I'd love to know what your main takeaways from the interview are. Drop them in the comments below!
2021 Healing After Suicide Loss Interview Series, hosted by Carolin Brookings, with Sara J. Cobb
Sara J. Cobb – founder of My Grief Connection and murder-suicide loss survivor. Sara’s passion and advocacy
for grief and mental health education grew from a combination of her interests, strengths, and life experiences.
She was called to connect fellow grievers with resources for healing after her own trauma of loss, following
the tragic deaths of her two older brothers, 43 years apart – one by a freak accident and one in a murder-suicide.
She finds meaning by sharing her story of mending from the wounds of sibling and suicide bereavement
and guiding others toward tools and resources that offer hope and healing after loss.
Here’s what you can expect from Sara’s interview…Supporting Survivors After Murder-Suicide Loss.
- Sara shares what it was like to lose her brother in a murder-suicide
- Find out about the ways in which murder-suicide loss survivors can get support
- Sara talks about the support group for murder-suicide loss survivors that she is co-leading
To learn more about Sara and My Grief Connection, visit www.mygriefconnection.org.
Download the poster HERE, print copies and post around town to help spread the word!
3rd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Suicide Prevention Walkathon & Community Event
September 11, 2021 at 8:00 PM MDT to September 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM MDT
We'll be walking the track at Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, Idaho 83687.
Strength 2 Thrive is a walkathon, concert, and gathering to raise awareness about suicide and build a community
of support. Money raised from the event will be donated to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.
The walkathon will kick off promptly at 8:00 PM but general event festivities will begin at 7:00 PM.
It's an overnight walk-a-thon that will take place during the hours suicide rates are at their highest.
Live local music, speakers, a remembrance garden & food trucks. All ages welcome!
Follow @strength2thrive_walk on Instagram and Like the Strength 2 Thrive Facebook Page for updates.
For more information or to register, visit: https://strength2thrive.org/
Donate to the My Grief Connection team at: https://strength2thrive.org/donations/sara-cobb/
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/
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
33rd Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference
Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Registration Fee: $20
The 33rd Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference, hosted by the
American Association for Suicidology, will be held virtually on Saturday,
June 12, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST. AAS hopes to create a space for
sharing, learning, and healing for loss survivors. The conference will include
workshops, sharing sessions, and a presentation from AAS' 2021 Loss
Survivor Award winner, Lena Heilmann.
For full schedule and presentation descriptions, and to register please visit https://www.aasconference.org/haslc
Attendees will receive more information including access links in their confirmation email after registration.
My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb, was honored to be interviewed for the Faith & Grief Podcast. In the episode Sara talks about starting mygriefconnection.org, a portal for finding grief resources online and in your community, in 2019 after her own frustrating search for grief resources online. She started MGC while grieving the recent loss of her brother; both of her older brothers died over 40 years apart, one in an accident and another in a murder-suicide. Sara talks about how love and faith, and finding purpose in grief are helping on her grief journey.
*Trigger warning: death of a young child and discussion of murder-suicide loss are topics in this episode.
Listen to the episode at: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4tDjd7cqst2QWxOmatEf85
The Faith & Grief Podcast explores the intersection of faith & grief. Hosted by Shelley Craig,
program director for Faith & Grief. They hope the stories & interviews you hear provide some comfort &
hope on your grief journey. Faith & Grief Ministries is a non-profit that provides grief support
programs across the country in-person and online. Learn more at faithandgrief.org
Healing After Loss 2021 Summit
March 8th - 12th, 2021 at 8:00 AM MST.
The Healing After Loss Summit is a FREE summit for survivors of suicide
loss to connect with experts and professionals who can help them heal,
but anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The 5-Day Summit featuring 20+ Grief & Wellness Experts, is meant to
help you get next steps, find support, get tools thatwork for YOU &
begin your healing journey. The summit takes place
LIVE inside of the private Facebook Group at 8 AM MST daily.
If you are interested in joining please register to reserve your
FREE spot at https://tinyurl.com/HealingAfterLoss
Coping With Guilt When You're Grieving Webinar
March 16, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Guilt is one of the most common emotions to experience after loss, but it can be the result of good people being much too hard on themselves. Although sometimes there really is something worth feeling guilty about, guilt can also result from good people being much too hard on themselves. We can sometimes expect way too much of ourselves and beat ourselves up when we don’t fulfill those expectations. It’s important to notice this kind of thinking when it occurs, because it can stand in our way of healthy grieving. In this webinar, Dr. David Feldman
will discuss common ways we can be way too hard on ourselves after a loss, along with tips about how to be kinder to ourselves. Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this webinar is free
and open to the public. Continuing education credit is not available.
Register at https://www.taps.org/webinar/2021/grief-and-guilt
Learn more about all that T.A.P.S. offers by visiting www.taps.org and/or email Institute@taps.org
or call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, November 21, 2020
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a special time when survivors of suicide loss can come
together to find compassion, connection, and hope through their shared experience. The day was created
in 1999 when Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the
United States Senate. Also known as Survivor Day, it was designated by the US Congress as a day on
which those affected by suicide loss intentionally join together for a time support and healing.
Survivor Day always lands on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, as the fall and winter holidays are
often a challenging and emotion time for suicide loss survivors. The American Foundation for
Suicide Prevention supports hundreds Survivor Day events all over the world.
Find out more information and locate and register for your local Survivor Day events at: https://afsp.org/international-survivors-of-suicide-loss-day
The Treasure Valley Idaho's Survivor Day event will be on November 21, 2020 from 11am - 1pm (MST)
This event is for Survivors of Suicide Loss only.
Register to attend at: https://isosld.afsp.org/idaho/
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