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Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

Survivors of Suicide Loss - New Mexico is a support group that serves the needs of people suffering the loss of someone they love by suicide. With Two Meetings Every Month, that are free and open to all survivors, SOSL hosts presentations and discussions relevant to survivors of suicide loss throughout the Albuquerque and New Mexico area.

The Survivors of Suicide Loss groups are dedicated to providing information and support to assist in the grieving and healing process. It is a support group of people who help one another through the stages of grief related to suicide. Self introductions by each person is requested so that all in attendance recognize that the common relationship with all others there, is having lost someone by suicide. Longer term survivors facilitate and help lead the meetings and present their own perspectives and experiences on the suicide death of the one they lost by suicide.

We share feelings of guilt, anger frustration, emptiness, loneliness and disillusionment. For some, it is hard to identify or even to understand their feelings. Through others’ expression of what they are feeling, we begin to have a better awareness of what is going on inside us.

The issues discussed at Survivors of Suicide Loss meetings are usually —grief, mourning, anger, loss, abandonment, guilt, blame, and paths toward recovery and acceptance. The purpose of all our meetings is to openly discuss these feelings and to share our experiences as we live and work with the grieving process.

The mutual sharing with those who have a related loss, offers perspectives and experiences that are valuable to survivors of suicide loss. These and other key issues trouble many of us. The risk in frankly sharing our unique problems and concerns about such topics is offset by the benefit of learning from those who have experienced a related suicide loss.

SOSL-NM meetings are attended by both recent and long-time survivors, all of whom benefit from the sharing of experiences and approaches to the loss through suicide. In addition to the survivors, the meetings are also frequently attended by mental health professionals who offer their various perspectives on unexpected death, grief and bereavement, guilt, responsibility, and mourning. 

More information from Al & Linda at 505-792-7461