Family Survivors Of Suicide

Welcome to Family Survivors of Suicide- a Montreal based group. 

Family Survivors Of Suicide is a self – help group in Montreal. We are dedicated to helping those who have lost loved ones to suicide. There are no membership fees.


We provide a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential outlet for sharing with others who have gone through similar experiences.  Through sharing and conversation, we strive for understanding and assurances for others in the group that they are not alone. We can provide evidence that it is possible to feel better about dealing or coping with the loss of a loved one through suicide and develop positive attitudes about the future. We also provide the opportunity for members to help each other through the sharing of experiences as well as ideas and avenues wherein members can begin to regain some control over their lives.


We were founded on February 11, 1988, at the McGill School of Social Work, by four members of different families who had each lost a family member to suicide.


Meetings, attended over the years by more than 4,000 people, are conducted by the members themselves in English and, if there is a demand, in French.


Discussions at meetings have revolved around:


  • Getting on with our lives after a suicide in the family or of a loved one

  • Taking time to grieve.

  • Dealing constructively with guilt.

  • Acceptance and compassion.

  • Reaching milestones.

  • Breaking the silence of suicide – Telling our stories.

If you have lost a loved one, we are here to listen, consult, share and speak freely without judgement nor expectation and be a source of comfort and aid during this difficult time.

 As survivors ourselves, we understand that no words nor gestures can heal or solve any pain but with time and the right support within the right environment, it gets better…better to understand our situation, better to feel less alone, better to share our emotions, better to feel at ease and to ask the questions we fear to attempt to ask.

FSOS offers emotional support on overcoming the guilt, anger, depression, and fear that follow in the wake of suicide. It helps survivors to understand the past and lighten the way to a new future.