About LOSS
 LOSS is a volunteer self-help group open to anyone over 16 who has been bereaved by the suicide of a spouse, partner, sibling, family member, friend or colleague. It does not matter if your bereavement is recent or happened several years ago. LOSS meetings are free: there are no fees, dues ​or membership requirements.

Because of its sudden, often unexpected and sometimes violent nature, suicide can result in a uniquely complex and often long-lasting grief for those left behind. This may include intense physical and emotional feelings of shock, guilt, self-reproach, anger, fear, anxiety, despair, isolation and depression, as well as questioning why a loved one would take their own life.

We believe that sharing our common experiences reassures those bereaved by suicide that they are not alone and offers hope and confidence in coping with the future.   
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LOSS was inspired by the work of organisations such as SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) , The Compassionate Friends  and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention , but is not affiliated with any particular organisation.



Our Meetings

LOSS meets on the first  Wednesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Solstice , Falconer House, 108 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke (next to Argo Insurance).  

Our meetings are small and very informal but if you are hesitant about a group setting and would like to speak to someone privately, please   Contact LOSS .



Meeting guidelines  

  • LOSS meetings are open only to those who have lost a family member, friend, or co-worker to suicide and each suicide loss has equal value in the group.

  • Meetings are not open to observers or those who have survived a suicide attempt. However, the group may agree to occasionally invite guests to lead a meeting.

  • We define and discuss the stages of the grieving process as they relate to suicide loss - shock and denial, fear and anger, guilt and shame, grief and sadness, and, eventually, acceptance and hope.

  • We encourage all group members to share openly, honestly, and from the heart. There is healing in talking about our feelings and comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our grief. No one should feel pressured to participate - there is also healing in listening.

  • We provide a safe place to share our loss and are free to discuss our feelings in this meeting without fear of judgment, criticism, or condemnation. We practice acceptance of others in the group.

  • We ask that people respect the group by speaking one at a time and not interrupting another group member.

  • All group discussions will be kept confidential.

  • We practice respect for the beliefs and values of others.

   
About this website


We are not professional counsellors or legal experts. The contents of this website are based on the experiences of ourselves and others in navigating our journeys.  We have drawn on the experience, advice and resources of support groups in the UK, US and Canada and added specific information for Bermuda where relevant and available. 

Every journey of grief is personal and unique - we are merely passing on what has helped us so that it may be of help to others. If there is something that you have found helpful in your journey that you think we should include - it could be an inspirational book or website, practical advice or a helpful organisation or service - please let us know. 

While every effort has been made to ensure that information on this website is accurate, we are not infallible. Please contact our website manager regarding any errors.
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