The Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) group evolved from a Traumatic Death support group started in February, 1981, by the Grief Center of Episcopal Community Services. As a result of apparent need, a group specially oriented to suicide deaths was established in March of the same year. By January 1982, the number of survivors had increased to the extent that an additional monthly meeting was added in order to enhance the support and intimacy that is so important to our groups. As the attendance and public interest swelled, SOSL became involved in sensitizing police, coroners, clergy, counselors, funeral directors and other members of the community to the special needs of persons surviving the death of a loved one by suicide.
Currently, SOSL is earnestly involved in educating the community about suicide and its effect on surviving family and friends, providing information about grief, and related services. From its inception, the SOSL group goal has been to provide a relaxed, caring environment of mutual support and understanding in which to give comfort and help to one another, a place to regain our sense of hope for future happiness.