Community and Author Events
A guided group in the Los Angeles area and an online group are being developed:
Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss
A Weekly Group for Healing
The effects of traumatic loss often remain hidden and unresolved. This program offers a safe and supportive space to reflect on your loss in order to facilitate a transformative healing process. The guided approach may help to release past trauma, affirm emotions, transform the pain, and honor your relationship with a lost loved one to find greater perspective, meaning, and well-being in your life.
Based on the book Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss—A Guided Journey, this weekly 2-hour group format draws on many portals of transformation, including directed mindfulness, self-inquiry, reflective journaling, compassionate connection, somatic awareness, music, poetry, movement, and silence, to help you move from suffering toward resolution and greater freedom. The guided healing process is paced through four phases, including supportive mindfulness practices, over the 10 weeks:
Stabilization: Creating Support and Honoring
1. The Journey Ahead and Setting Intention
2. Creating Support and Honoring Your Loved One
Processing: Coming to Terms with Memories
3. The Journey Begins – Shock and Disbelief
4. Beginning the Conversation
5. Deepening the Conversation
6. Journey through Grief
7. Remorse & Regret
Transformation: Finding Perspective and Meaning
8. Emerging Perspective and Meaning
Integration: Deepening Healing and Wellbeing
9. Continuing the Conversation
10. Honoring and Closure
Join together with family members, friends, or your support group so you can walk through the healing process together.
Group Information: A guided group is being developed for the Los Angeles area, offered by Robert Lesoine and a co-leader.
An online offering of the group is also being developed.
Registration: To be announced. For more information about the proposed groups send us an email.
Group developed by co-authors Marilynne Chöphel MFT and Robert Lesoine MA, Ed.
OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALKS
Thousands of people nationwide walk to raise awareness about depression and suicide, and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide. Community Walks, Campus Walks, and Overnight Walks.
The Overnight Walk 2017 – San Diego, May 20 and Washington D.C., June 17
Walk Information. View a short video.
Find the Walks in your state.
Join the Authors at the California Walks: Join Robert at the Southern California walks and Marilynne at the Northern California walks. Email us to meet and walk together.
INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, promote healing, and to connect with others that have had similar experiences. Join with others in your community or online to listen to a diverse panel of survivors discuss their losses, how they coped, and much more.
View Survivor Day Documentaries (in English with captions, Español, and Française)
Click here to view a 2-minute Trailer of the 2016 documentary.
View full 2016 documentary, “Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life After Loss” (27 min)
View documentaries from past Survivor Day programs.
Survivor Day Events
Watch the full Online Survivor Day Event.
Find local events in your area.
Note: Join the Authors at the California ISOS Days: Join Robert at the Los Angeles events and Marilynne at the San Francisco or Santa Rosa event. Email us to meet and sit together.
WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
International Association for Suicide Prevention
Saturday, September 10, 2017
Information and Activities
Our Journey Continues Conferences
Bringing together long-term survivors of suicide loss to engage in the next steps of sharing and healing together. A weekend of workshops, expert-led discussions and social activities.
50th Annual American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Conference
April 26-29, 2017
29th Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference
Saturday April 29, 2017
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