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Understanding Your Grief: Suicide Loss Support Group for Mothers Who Have Lost a Child

August 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Pre-registration is required! Please email pattygraham@ericshouse.org to see if this is the right group for you!

The loss of a child is an unspeakable trauma. When that death is caused by suicide, the pains becomes more complex. If you have lost a child to suicide, you are most likley experiencing the complicated grief that surrounds this loss. We experience feelings of shame, guilt, anger, blame, shock, and isolation that are difficult to understand. 

We kindly invite you to join our group. It is a small group that includes mothers who lost a child to suicide. All of the participants are working through a complicated set of emotions. Our groups provide a safe, intimate place to talk about your feelings and honor your loved one who passed. 

This group is facilitated by Patty Graham.   

Message from Patty: On Sept 4, 2017 our lives changed forever with the passing of our son Mike age 41 by suicide. We knew he suffered from depression on and off his adult life. He tried to take medication and therapy but eventually he discontinued getting help. Since his death we have focused on celebrating his life and keeping his memory alive. Mike was my oldest child. I know he would want our family to join as one and take care of each other.   

About Patty: Patty Graham resides in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Ron. They have three adult children; Mike, Colleen and Kristine. They also have two son-in-laws and five grandchildren. Patty is  a certified family nurse practitioner and retired nurse educator. She has been an active member who coordinates an Emmaus retreat for bereaved parents. Patty also works one day a week at a free health clinic caring for underserved patients who suffer from chronic illness.  Since her son’s death Patty has developed a deep interest is in grief support for suicide survivors. She genuinely enjoys working on course work in this area.

This group is limited to 12 people. It will run for 9 weeks beginning on Tuesday, August 3rd. Sessions will be held VIRTUALLY on a bi-weekly basis from 5:30 pm MST.

*Daylight Savings Time begins on November 7, 2021. The following sessions will be held at 5:30 pm AZ Time/MST (7:30 pm EST, 3:30 pm PST)*

Session Dates: 8/3, 8/17, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23

Tuesday, August 3 at 5:30 pm AZ Time (8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST)

Tuesday, August 17 at 5:30 pm AZ TIme (8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST)

Tuesday, August 31 at 5:30 pm AZ Time (8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST)

Tuesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm AZ Time ((8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST)

Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30 pm AZ Time (8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST)

Tuesday, October 12 at 5:30 pm AZ TIme (8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST

Tuesday, October 26 at 5:30 pm AZ Time (8:30 pm EST, 5:30 PST)

Tuesday, November 9 at 5:30 pm AZ Time (7:30 pm EST, 4:30 pm PST)

Tuesday, November 23 at 5:30 pm AZ Time (7:30 pm EST, 4:30 pm PST)

Everyone grieves and mourns differently, but there are some steps along the way that we all must encounter.  Our group will discuss these needs so that you are able to navigate your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, one day at a time.  

Need 1: Acknowledging the reality of death.

Need 2: Embracing the pain of loss.

Need 3: Remembering the person who died.

Need 4: Developing a new self-identity.

Need 5: Searching for meaning.

Need 6: Receiving ongoing support from others. 

There is a $45.00 charge for this group. Scholarships are available. If you have participated in previous groups and have the book “Understanding your Grief” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, please use the following code when registering “HEARTFUL

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please email Patty at pattygraham@ericshouse.org to determine if this is the right group for you. Once you are pre-registered, you will receive a link to complete your registration. 



August 3
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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