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Suicide grief, loss conference planned for Nov. 23 in Des Moines

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 11:48 a.m. CDT

To the editor:

Sometimes, a person close to you experiences a tragedy so terrible you don’t know what to say. A suicide death is like that.

If your neighbor, co-worker, teammate, best friend or member of your church has lost a loved one to suicide, or if you’re the one who experienced such a loss, you need to know there’s no need to suffer alone.

People who have survived the loss of a loved one to suicide have found help by turning to others who have been through the same experience. Every year, there is a conference on suicide grief and loss where you can find comfort and hope, learn how others have coped and discover you are not alone.

This is an event for men and women and many young people join us each year, as well.

The Central Iowa Survivors of Suicide Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Des Moines University Student Education Center located at 3300 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

This is a free event, and a free lunch will be provided. Register at www.dmu.edu/event/survivor. For more information, call (515) 323-3205. You may also receive information on how to sign up for a live conference on your computer, if you are unable to attend in person.

Please share this information with friends you know who have suffered the same devastating loss.

Chris Frantsvog

Organizer, Central Iowa

Survivors of Suicide Conference

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