Come Join Our Support Group!
"Arms Of Support" created by: TUFF Services Ministries, is a support group that was created for family members and friends who have lost their loved ones to suicide. We understand the special needs of those who have suffered this difficult kind of emotional loss and struggle.
Our goal is to help survivors cope with the death of their loved one so they can move forward in their lives in a positive and productive way. They have a safe place to share experiences and learn from others, ask questions, and disclose feelings that they are often unable to express elsewhere. Most important, participants find a place where there is no shame, no stigma and no isolation involved in being a survivor.
Our support group is an interfaith (non-denominational) based ministry for men and woman and includes all suicide survivors from all walks of life. We will cover many specific topics and will provide some special speakers at our group meetings.
Our "Tuff Arms Of Support" Program Description:
- Typically composed of 6 to 10 participants
- Meet: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
- The program allows participants to develop safe, secure bonds with each other, thereby improving the healing process
- Provide Education And Information
- Provide motivation and inspiration
- Provide encouragement for Biblical Believers and Non-Believers
- Questions and answer opportunities
- Provide a What's on your mind discussion (Tell Your Story)
- Facilitated by a survivor who has lost a loved one to suicide, and volunteers his or her time to help others.
- New Group and Location To Be Advised Shortly!
The TUFF Services Ministries Mission:
"To provide the educational tools and resources within our communities, that will create more awareness of the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and to provide hope, healing and support to survivors -children, youth, and adults who have experienced loss"
Reasons To Join A Support Group
Surviving the suicide of someone close to you is one of the most traumatic experiences a person will ever endure. For a time it seems that the pain is unending. Losing a loved one through suicide is an especially devastating loss. The survivors left behind have a difficult array of emotions to overcome on their journey in learning how to cope with their grief.
A suicide death is usually unexpected and sudden, even if the person had been talking about suicide in the past. The method is often violent and it's difficult for survivors to think about their loved one inflicting this violence on himself. Unfortunately, suicide carries a stigma in our society and friends and family members are often at a loss for what to say. For many people, losing a loved one to suicide causes feelings of abandonment with thoughts like, "my loved one chose to leave me!" All of these issues make the grieving process more difficult.
A recent medical study examined what suicide survivors found most helpful to their healing, rated "Talking one-to-one with another suicide survivor" (100%) and participating in a "Suicide grief support group" (94%) as the two most helpful activities for survivors. Participating in a suicide support group allows you the opportunity to experience both of these activities at once.