Free Bereavement Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Starting February 7, 2019, at Community Home Health & Hospice in Salmon Creek

VANCOUVER, Wash., January 8, 2019 – Community Home Health & Hospice is offering an eight-week, free grief support group for survivors of suicide loss at the Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA. The group meets Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, from February 7, 2019 – March 28, 2019. Facilitated by Rick Sievers, Hospice Volunteer.

“Those first two months, I felt like I was having a heart attack every day,” said Jarl Peterson, survivors of suicide group participant. “I want everyone to know about this group. I want to reach as many people as possible.” He believes it is the most important thing he has done in the past year. It provided him a lifeline. This small support group focuses on the profound grieving process of suicide bereavement. The 8-week group educated him on grief and the biology of suicide. He met other families dealing with grief and learned how to navigate as a family with surviving siblings. After ‘graduating’ from the 8-week course, attendees then continue to meet monthly in an open-ended group. They can come once or as long as they need support. The support they give one another is immeasurable.

They ask that only one member of a family participate in each eight-week session. This allows that person to focus on their grief. Registration is requested, 360.703.0300 or griefsupport@chhh.org.

About Community Home Health & Hospice

Community Home Health & Hospice is an independent, community-based non-profit healthcare agency serving the healthcare needs of Washington and Oregon families since 1977. Their services include home care personal services, home health, home hospice, in-patient hospice care and bereavement services. Every day, they care for 600 patients throughout Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon. Community Home Health & Hospice supports the healthcare and independent living goals of each patient and their loved ones by delivering the highest quality, compassionate and dignified care to individuals in their chosen place of residence. They have received recognition for nine years as a HomeCare Elite top agency. For more information, visit www.chhh.org.

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