Community and Author Events
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.
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.
The Overnight Walk 2018 – Locations are being finalized.
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
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. Join together with family members, friends, or your support group so you can walk through the healing process together.
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
Group Information: A curriculum for the Healing from Suicide and Loss group is being developed for use by local support groups.
Registration: For more information about the curriculum, send us an email.
Group developed by co-authors Marilynne Chöphel MFT and Robert Lesoine MA, Ed.
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