Safe Place Support Groups
Safe Place provides those who have lost someone to suicide a caring, confidential, and peer-based support group where they do not have to be alone with their grief.
Safe Place is free of charge and facilitated by Samaritans-trained volunteers, many of whom are loss survivors themselves. A welcoming, safe environment is created which honors and respects the needs of all participants.
Every loss survivor grieves differently and at their own pace. During a meeting, participants can choose to share as much or as little as they would like. Some participants bring a friend or family member for support; others bring photos of the person they lost. There is no “right” time to start attending – the only thing that matters is what feels right to each survivor.
“I wasn’t sure I would feel comfortable, but everyone was so kind. I listened to their stories and finally got the courage up to talk about my husband with people who had been through similar circumstances. They gave me much needed hope for the future.”
— Safe Place Participant
While talking with others is helpful for some, not everyone is interested in attending a support group and sometimes support groups aren’t available locally. We began our Care Packages program to help loss survivors receive support more privately and at times when they most need it.
Each Care Package contains books, brochures, articles, and online resources that other loss survivors have found helpful as they grieve. Specific books for children, parents, siblings, spouses, or friends can be included within each package as well. Care Packages are available free of charge, and can be mailed anywhere in the United States.
Please fill out the form below to receive a Care Package. All information is kept confidential.
“I had no one I was able to talk to after losing my closest friend. People around me either didn’t understand or thought they would upset me more by talking about him. Nighttime was the worst for me. I could never sleep, always thinking ‘what if’ over and over again. So I kept the care package next to my bed. It’s helped me feel less alone.”
— Loss Survivor and Care Package Recipient
The Cape Cod Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team is an active postvention program that involves two or more volunteers meeting with those bereaved by suicide in the immediate hours and days following the death to provide hope, offer support, and share community resources. The goal of this program is to provide those newly impacted by a suicide death with a compassionate presence that fosters hope and mitigates the effects of acute trauma. The team serves as a connection between loss survivors and local grief support networks available in the community. In partnership with first responders, peer support networks, and behavioral health providers, the LOSS Team vision is a community standing together in compassion and support of those impacted by a death by suicide.
If you’re part of a local police department or early responder program and are interested in partnering with the Cape Cod LOSS Team, please contact us at email@example.com.
Interested in Volunteering?
Loss survivors who are a bit further out from their loss and have done their own grief work may be interested in being there for others who are in a different place and needing support. Safe Place meetings and LOSS Teams are possible because of these individuals who can understand the grief of the participants. If you’re interested in volunteers for Safe Place or the LOSS Team, please visit our Grief Services volunteer page.