Heartache2Hope offers support to suicide loss grievers in Halton and surrounding communities. Flavia Ceschin, who recognized the unique needs of individuals grieving a suicide death and the lack of community-based supportive resources, founded Heartache2Hope in 2014. A group of dedicated volunteers, including Peggy McGillicuddy, Nina Menrai and Bev Wilson, helped Heartache2Hope officially open its doors in August 2014.
Our goals are to break the isolation of suicide loss grievers, to meet their special needs in healing from this loss, and to offer education that increases public awareness and understanding of suicide loss. Professionals who are trained in traumatic bereavement associated with suicide loss lead the supportive and educational programming with the help of specially trained volunteers.
It has now been almost 4 years that we have been actively supporting suicide loss grievers and improving our program.
During this time
- more than 70 individuals have participated in our 12-week Closed Support Groups
- attendance in our Open Groups exceeds 350;
- we have provided over 290 hours of Individual Grief Support;
- we have provided 3 trainings for Halton Victim Services Volunteers,
- one community educational seminar on Grief Dreams and
- our first Annual Survivor Day Event.
Our future goals include community education, volunteer recruitment and expansion of supportive services. We have accomplished all this as a predominantly volunteer-run organization.
Some Heartache2Hope Highlights include:
Granted Charitable Status
Awarded a Grant
Twice Monthly Open Group
Launched our website