Hope after Suicide Loss

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

23rd March 2020 – Coronavirus impact on Group Meetings

Here follows an update from Suzy Clifford (HOPE CEO) on the current COVID-19 pandemic:

I just wanted to say how, sad, disappointed and frustrated I am with the current situation but I must inform you due to the coronavirus Government recommendations HOPEs group meetings are now cancelled. Your safety is paramount.

The Ipswich Group will not be meeting on Thursday 26th March 2020.
HOPEs Trustees have made the difficult decision to cancel all group meetings in Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich during the months of April, May and June.

At the current time, we are scheduled to reopen groups in July but if there is a large scale outbreak of the coronavirus we may have to rethink.

High Sheriff Awards
It is with great pleasure that I can inform you, Hope After Suicide Loss has been shortlisted for the Road to Recovery Award. We were kindly nominated by Anne Maxwell and Martin Worswick and due to attend next Thursday 26 March 2020.

Due to the coronavirus, the Suffolk Community Foundation is changing how they deliver the awards this year. On the night of the awards, a special High Sheriff Awards programme will be broadcast live from BBC Radio Suffolk. I have been asked to supply a landline number and be available between the hours of 7 pm – 8.30 pm on the evening of March 26. I do hope as many of you as possible will be able to listen to the programme from the safety of your own homes.


UPDATE: Sadly, HOPE missed out on the Suffolk High Sheriff ‘Road to Recovery’ Award for 2020. Given that HOPE has only been active just over a year, I think it is no mean achievement that although missing out on the top spot, being nominated and shortlisted will have raised awareness of HOPE’s important role in supporting Suffolk survivors.

Chris Lodge

Norwich Cathedral Service Cancelled
And a message from Revd Canon Chris Copsey who is one of your Trustees:

A time of reflection and prayer for those bereaved by suicide. A time to remember loved ones and light a candle of hope.

Sadly, because of the coronavirus, we cannot now meet at the Cathedral for the service. However, we can meet in a different way.
At 3.30 pm on April 25th. a candle will be lit in the Cathedral and a prayer offered. Wherever we are, together, we could light a candle and take time to remember those whose life is precious.
This prayer has been part of our service each year, it is for each one of us

Father of all
In our grieving be our comfort
In our turmoil be our peace
In our anguish be our hope
In our darkness be our light
In our lives be our courage.
Enfold us and those we love in your love and your peace,
We ask in the name of the prince of peace, your son, our saviour
Jesus Christ.

I will be available, by email, if you would like to be in touch. I will also take any messages and put them for you in the book of remembrance that we use at each service. Every blessing
Chris Copsey

This is a website designed by survivors for survivors. Hope after Suicide Loss provides a professional service with peer-led values.

Hope after Suicide Loss (HOPE) exists to meet the complex and very precise needs of suicide bereavement. We believe it is inappropriate for suicide loss to remain under the care of general bereavement.

A clear distinction needs to be made between the support offered for suicide loss that is recognised as psychological trauma and support given to uncomplicated grief.

Snowdrops – the Symbol of Hope

HOPE would never claim survivors have a monopoly on pain during grief. However, suicide bereavement is different from all other grief and that difference hinges on the fact suicide remains the only death where a person has died by their own hand.

This painful truth has the potential to haunt and torment survivors profoundly affected by suicide for many years after the event.

We offer talking therapy with no time limits imposed to overcome the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide who are 18 years and over.

We are a peer-led organisation and all group meetings are facilitated by a survivor who was once profoundly affected by suicide and can now bring HOPE to those still in shock and traumatised. Likewise, all one to one support is delivered by individuals, living in Suffolk or Norfolk, who have gone through and experienced the unique challenges of suicide loss.

All individuals delivering support for HOPE are required to:

  • Have been a survivor (profoundly) affected by suicide loss who can now bring hope to others
  • Have Enhanced DBS clearance
  • Attend monthly supervision
  • Attend regular workshops
  • Have a minimum of CPCAB Level 3 counselling skills training (or be working towards the qualification)