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Grief Support Groups for Survivor of Suicide Loss

While in-person meetings of many Loss Survivor support groups are currently suspended, several groups have moved to online meetings. Please contact the facilitator of your local group to learn more.

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There are many support groups across New Hampshire for those who have lost a family member, friend or relative to suicide. While some groups are peer-facilitated and others are led by professional counselors, all are comprised of fellow survivors who can offer great comfort through conversation and discussion of issues unique to bereavement of suicide. There are also general grief support groups for both adults and children that are not specific to suicide but address issues of grief and loss. Internet support groups offer another option for people who live in rural areas or prefer tapping into support from home or at different hours.

Please note that the groups listed below 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 info@naminh.org.

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.

Groups for Adults

RegionDateTimeContactAdditional Group Information
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) 625-9459 or Debbie Baird - (603) 717-5408Meeting virtually - and in person with social distancing. Contact group leaders for information on how to access the group.
DurhamWednesday - 3rd Wednesday of the month6:15 - 7:15pmAmy OlivaThis group is currently meeting online. Contact Amy Oliva for information on how to join.
HampsteadFriday - Every Friday4:30 - 5:30pmDan Wells - (603) 553-0119Contact Dan Wells for information on how to join.
KeeneMonday - Every Monday6:30 - 8:00pmCarmen/Penny King - (603) 357-5510 - WebsiteMeeting 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.
ManchesterThursday - 2nd Thursday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmJohn McNally - (978) 804-5791
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.
MerrimackWednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmLinda Vollmer or Gail McMorrow-Donahue - (603) 930-3640This group is currently meeting online. 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.
North ConwayThursday - 2nd Thursday of the month6:00 - 7:30pmDenise - (603) 939-2086Sponsored by: Vaughn Community Services, Inc.
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

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.

Local

Camp Kita
Summer camp for children who have lost a loved one to suicide
http://campkita.com/

Children’s Good Grief Program
Home Health & Hospice Care, Nashua, NH
800-887-5973
https://www.hhhc.org/home-care-services/bereavement/child-bereavement/

GAPS (Grieving Assistance Program for Children)
Rochester, NH
603-335-7777
http://www.victimsinc.org

Hospice at HSC
Keene, NH
800-541-4145
https://hcsservices.org/services/hospice/bereavement-services/

Mountain of Hope
Center Ossipee, NH
603-569-2729 Ext. 230
https://www.centralvna.org/home-health-and-hospice-services/hospice/bereavement/

Stepping Stones
VNA of Manchester & Southern NH, Inc., Manchester, NH
603-663-4005
https://www.manchestervna.org/bereavement-support

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