About Santa Fe Survivors of Suicide

Santa Fe Survivors of Suicide was formed in 2004 by Janet Schreiber, Ph.D., Director of Grief Loss and Trauma programs at Southwestern College, and Joan Murphy who was working with suicide prevention at the NM Health Department. We had both experienced suicide deaths in our family. Members of the Santa Fe community had told us that even though there were many suicides, there were no services for persons and families who had experienced suicide loss.

To begin the SOS group we affiliated with the American Association for Suicide Prevention. We put notices in the newspaper and online about a twice a month meeting. Since the beginning of our group, we have had many people participating.

We have an open informal meeting that is designed to give support to those who are survivors of a suicide loss. Our guidelines stress that we keep confidentiality, we respect each person’s viewpoint and we speak from our own experience rather than giving advice. We have available referrals and resource materials.

We welcome all persons affected by the suicide of another person to our support group that meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 5-6:30p.m. Please join us in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe located at 107 W. Barcelona at the corner of Barcelona and Galisteo.  [See map] Participation is free of charge. We provide a safe, confidential environment where people can benefit from the experience of others.

copyright 2013 Cindy Svec


I don’t know why.

I’ll never know why.

I don’t have to know why.I don’t like it.

I don’t have to like it.

What I do have to do is to make a choice about my living.

The choice is mine.

I can go on living, valuing every moment in a way I never did before or I can be destroyed by it and, in turn, destroy others.

I thought I was immortal. That my family and children were also.

That tragedy only happened to others.

But I know now that life is tenuous and valuable, so I am choosing to go on living, making the most of the time I have, valuing my family and friends in a way never possible before.

Iris Bolton