Support Group

A Friend on the Walk

A Christian-based Survivor of Suicide Support Group

Environmental awareness and protection concept

Call to register & get information: 614-427-2565.

This 8-week class is open to everyone – not just Christians.

The next group will begins Monday Mar 11, 2019 and go through Monday, Apr 29, 2019. 7:00-8:30pm

There is no fee for this class

AFOTW is a peer-facilitated group – meaning the people who organize and facilitate the discussion have also been personally impacted by a suicide loss.

Topics we will explore include but are not limited to…

  • Five areas of impact of suicide grief: Physical, Social, Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual.
  • Common misconceptions about suicide & grief – both biblical and secular misconceptions.
  • How to care for ourselves.
  • How to ask for help/let others help.
  • Where was God?
  • What does the bible say about suicide?
  • How we begin to integrate this loss into our life. We don’t “resolve” it. There is no such thing as “closure.”

At the end of 8 weeks an AFOTW group participant can expect…

  • An understanding of how grief is unique for each person.
  • An understanding of some common grief reactions to suicide loss. We recognize not everyone’s experience is the same. We hope to “normalize” this journey without “minimizing” it.
  • Knowledge of encouraging bible scriptures including information on what the bible says about suicide.
  • Access to additional resources including books, community resources including mental health professionals, and church recommendations if requested.
  • To make at least one new friend.

What to expect at your first group meeting…

  • A warm, welcoming group of facilitators.
  • Prayer at the beginning and the end of our time together.
  • Respect. For you, for your unique loss, and for your feelings.
  • An opportunity to share a little bit – or nothing at all – about your loss or your journey.
  • Take home resources. We will bring relevant helpful handouts.
  • Snacks and beverages.