Anyone who has experienced the personal loss of someone to suicide/homicide will tell you that it is the most difficult personal crisis that they have ever faced and for which they need to find the inner resources to manage effectively. There is no universal or appropriate way to cope with a loss by suicide/homicide. However, sharing feelings and thoughts, facts and fears, helps to provide a sense of reason and normalcy in a situation without any rules.
As a result of the unique nature of suicide and homicide bereavement, and the shared value of connection and peer support, our program offers both individualized and group meetings.
Here are some highlights of what the Survivor Support Program offers:
Provides individualized grief support for survivors - bereaved family and friends - of suicide or homicide loss in safe, one-to-one formats
Provides follow-up series of group support sessions
Maintains a Suicide Resource Centre
Consultation and support to community and caregivers in the aftermath of sudden, violent death
For more information or self-referral to the program contact Alex Shendelman at 416-595-1716 or by email Alex@torontodistresscentre.com.
Helping Wounded Hearts Heal
The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation is honoured to announce the first support camp for families and children of fallen Emergency Service workers. As a national organization, the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation recognizes the need not only to support our active duty emergency personnel but to also support and never forget the families and children of those members that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
By its very nature, Emergency Services are a high risk occupation which could result in a tragic loss, not only to Line of duty death but also suicide of an active or retired member. The loss of a member to a family is tremendous and incredibly challenging to deal with but to a child can be even greater. Many children experience feelings of confusion, anger, fear, isolation and depression
Camp F.A.C.E.S. aims to provide families who have suffered this tragic loss the opportunities to be with others who have experienced similar loss. With trained personnel and mental health oversight, these families will have the opportunity to experience some normalcy all while developing life long friendship.