Grief Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Loss

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There are several support groups across New Hampshire for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. All of these groups are peer-facilitated and all groups are comprised of fellow survivors who can offer great comfort through conversation and discussion of issues unique to bereavement due to suicide.

Groups for Adults

RegionDateTimeContactAdditional Group Information
Anywhere - OnlineFriday - 2nd Friday of the month9:00 - 10:00amShamera Simpson or Debbie BairdFriday Coffee Chat meeting virtually. Contact group leaders for information on how to access the group.
Anywhere - OnlineTuesday - 4th Tuesday of the month6:00 - 7:00pmShamera Simpson or Debbie BairdTuesday Tea meeting virtually. Contact group leaders for information on how to access the group.
ClaremontWednesday - 3rd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmConnie - (603) 558-0961, or Randy - (802) 376-6115 This group is currently meeting online. Contact Connie or Randy for information on how to join.
ConcordWednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmJanyce Demers - (603) 860-8490 or Debbie Baird - (603) 717-5408Meeting in-person at an outdoor location through the summer. Contact group leaders for information on how to access the group.
DurhamWednesday - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month6:15 - 7:30pmAmy Oliva and Kristin JoslinThis group is currently alternating meetings between online and in-person. Contact Amy Oliva for information on how to join.
GilfordThursday 3rd Thursday of the month5:00 - 6:15pmKelley Caravona and Kimbly WadeMeeting virtually. Contact group leaders for information on how to access the group.
KeeneMonday - Every Monday6:30 - 8:00pmCarmen Trafton or
Penny King - (603) 357-5510

Meeting virtually each week - Email for information on how to access the group.

All meetings are confidential and open only to survivors.
MaineTuesday - 3rd Tuesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmJennifer Ordway or Tina DodgeThis group is open to all of Stratford, Rockingham, and Carroll County in NH, as well as ME. Please Jennifer Ordway or Tina Dodge if this will be your first time attending.
ManchesterFriday - Alternating Fridays4:30 - 6:00pmDan WellsContact Dan Wells for information on how to join.
ManchesterThursday - Every Thursday6:00 - 7:30pmChuck Johnson - (603) 663-4005Participation in this support group is open to adults and although registration for this group is not required, it is requested that interested person call prior to attending. This group will meet on an ongoing basis and will follow a 10 week cyclical agenda which provides the flexibility for participants to discuss current topics/issues of concern.
NashuaWednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmLinda Vollmer or Gail McMorrow-Donahue - (603) 930-3640This group is currently meeting in-person. Contact Linda Vollmer or Gail McMorrow-Donahue for information on how to join.

Serves Hillsborough County. Group Mission: Grieving Survivors of Suicide is a place to meet and share with others who are suffering a loss to suicide. Annual Events: Group fund raiser walks, annual AFSP teleconference meeting in November, others.
PortsmouthTuesday - 1st Tuesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmPaul Noyes - (603) 770-2987 or Candace Stiteler - (603) 868-2970No Walk Ins. Please call for more information

Please note that the groups listed above may not always be actively meeting. Regional Hospitals, local Community Health and Hospice, VNA’s and Mental Health centers may also be a resource for support groups in your area.

If you do not reach a group, call NAMI NH for up-to-date contact information: (800) 242-6264 or (603) 225-5359 or

Contact information listed below is intended for families and individuals so that they may connect with Support Group leaders regarding the group. Contact information is not intended for solicitation of any kind.

Internet support groups offer another option for people who live in rural areas or prefer tapping into support from home or at different hours.

Alliance for Hope: for suicide loss survivors

Friends for Survival: offering help after a suicide death

Resources for Children

At this time there are no grief groups in New Hampshire specifically for children who have experienced a loss to suicide. However, there are several support groups for children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one. However, here are two options for children.

Friends of Aine
Based in Manchester, has the mission to provide robust child bereavement services to help children.

Camp Kita
Summer camp for children who have lost a loved one to suicide

For Adults Who Have Lost A Child

Compassionate Friends-Manchester
(603) 391-5387

Compassionate Friends-Peterborough
(603) 801-6266

Alternatively, you may want to consider a general grief support group. These groups are not specific to suicide, but address issues of grief and loss.

For Adults Who Have Lost a Spouse, Parent, or Other

Granite VNA – Concord
(603) 410-9917
(603) 524-8444 x2393

Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire
(603) 622-3781

Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine – North Conway
Sue Davidson
(603) 356-7006

Rockingham VNA & Hospice – Exeter/Epping
Jane Oldfield-Spearman
(800) 540-2981

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice – New London
(603) 526.4077

Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services – Keene
(603) 352-2253 x4255

Home Health & Hospice Care – Merrimack
(603) 882-2941

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