Who We Are
Family Survivors Of Suicide is a self – help group in Montreal. We are dedicated to helping those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
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.
Breaking the silence of suicide – Telling our stories.
Our mission is to provide mutual emotional support and guidance to those attempting to cope with the many intense emotions that follow in the wake of suicide and to raise awareness in the wider community of suicide. As survivors work through the grief process toward healing, we help them gain a better understanding of the past, finding greater comfort in the present, and look forward to a brighter future.
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.