LOSS Community Services exists to be an instillation of hope to the bereaved by suicide, empowering them so they can thrive. We envision a community of loss survivors experiencing a restoration of hope and standing together for suicide awareness.
LOSS began serving the community in November, 2014. Our Founding Director, Denise Meine-Graham, lost her son, Drey, to suicide in 2012 and she found the support of a fellow suicide loss survivor was invaluable.
LOSS began supporting the community of loss survivors as 1st Responders. When activated by the Coroner’s office trained volunteers are immediately present to provide resources, understanding and support. Most importantly LOSS provides hope. At least one of the LOSS volunteers is a survivor of a suicide loss themselves. The newly bereaved often connect with this LOSS volunteer. This volunteer is dressed, functioning and engaged in the midst of this tragedy. Functioning again at this level seems nearly impossible to most newly bereaved people. Seeds of hope are planted.
Today, LOSS offers support groups, remembrance events, companioning, community education, suicide prevention training, and training for communities outside of Columbus interested in developing or enhancing their suicide postvention efforts.