Worldwide event offers hope for those dealing with loss

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A worldwide event taking place this weekend aims to offer hope and community to people dealing with loss.

The International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day takes place Saturday in over 350 locations and offers support, information and empowerment.

Cheri Dedman with Project Hope in St. Joseph said it’s a day for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

“It’s a very different kind of grief and a lot of people feel that they are all alone,” Dedman said. “The reasons to attend are to share stories of their loss or find a supportive environment.”

The event will include the showing of a documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope,” tells the stories of a diverse group of suicide loss survivors and how their healing journey evolves over time.

Dedman said this is Project Hope’s first outreach event.

“I’m excited that it’s a place where people can find hope and so I hope to see many people on Saturday that maybe are in a place where they need to find hope and that’s what we’re all about,” Dedman said.

The International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Meierhoffer Community Room located at 5005 Frederick Boulevard in St. Joseph.

Project Hope meetings are also held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the same location. For more information, click here or visit Project Hope’s website.