Suicide Bereaved Community.
We are a community of people who have suffered bereavement by suicide, an experience that can bring its own set of difficulties often resulting in loneliness and isolation. We believe it is important to have connections with others who, because they share it, truly understand our experience.
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What we do?
We support our community by providing opportunities for social get-togethers and for networking, both online and in person.
We feel that this style of support augments other mainstream talking therapies (through counselling and/or group meetings); we find the more relaxed environment of a social or physical activity conducive to being able to express our feelings, or simply to feel ‘not alone’ when in the company of others.
SBC will organise 4 scheduled events each year, currently based in and around Gloucestershire. We are also keen to encourage and facilitate the community in arranging and sharing other ideas for activities we might enjoy together.
We offer a number of ways in which anyone who feels they would benefit from such contact with others can do so:
Spring & Autumn walks
Community Facebook group
Community Organised Activities
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Who We Help?
We know from our own lived experience that for some it may be difficult to engage with others in the intense atmosphere of talking therapies.
This may be particularly true for longer-term bereaved who, hearing descriptions of others’ recent experiences being described in Discussion Groups, can experience a negative impact resulting from revival of memories from their own trauma.
There are those too who struggle to attend regular Group meetings due to their location or the non-availability of public transport. Others simply find that they are better able to engage in a more relaxed social setting.
We exist for anyone (over 18) who has suffered a suicide bereavement, who will find it helpful to be in contact with us.
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News and Events
See below for the latest news and events in our wider community
Spring Amble/Ramble in Ross-on-Wye – by David Hinds On the 9th April 16 members of the SBC gathered on the North side steps of the market hall in Ross. After the initial introductions and putting names to faces the conversation soon turned to what outer covering the...
Winter Craft and Chat Meeting – by Margaret Carter On December 4th, a cold and crisp day, a small gathering of a dozen or so people met at The Butterfly Gardens in Churchdown. Inside, the air was warm and welcoming. With teas and coffees in hand, chatting and catching...
Autumn Amble/Ramble in Tetbury – by Naomi Whitaker The bustling market town of Tetbury was the setting for SBC’s autumn Amble/Ramble. In gentle sunshine, nine of us met by the historic Market House, drawn together through shared life experience and looking forward to...
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Why Did I Write a Book about my Bereavement by Suicide? I have been to many funerals. Family or friends whose death was not entirely unexpected. I know how bad grief can be, lonely. It changes you inside. Suicide shoots you. In 2009 my sister died by suicide – no...
Review of Men and Grief – by Steve Carter (2015) Men and Grief: A Man's Guide to Recovering from the Death of a Loved One by Carol Staudacher The sub-title of this book, which was first published in 1991, is 'A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved one. A...
Review of Malignant Sadness – by Roger D Smith (2008) Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depressionby Lewis Wolpert This is an excellent book Lewis Wolpert – who himself suffers from depressive illness – opens up by giving the reader a very realistic insight into the...