"Being the mother of a child who has died by suicide is a devastating and lonely experience. Susan Cyr provides a safe, loving and supportive environment in which to explore the range and complexity of emotions related to this unique journey of grief. She is not only the consummate professional, but also one of the kindest people I am privileged to know. Under her fearless leadership, our bereavement group has been a lifeline that helps me face each day. I don't know where I'd be without her and the sisterhood of our group."
-- CW, Group member since 2016
"After I lost my son to suicide 2 years ago I had instant, amazing support from family, friends, co-workers, and a therapist, but I needed something more. I needed to talk to someone that knew what I was going through and understood the thoughts and feelings that I carried inside after losing a child to suicide. I wanted to find a space that I could feel supported and understood by people that intimately knew what I was going through because they were going through it too.
Susan offered that space.
From the first moment I spoke to Susan on the phone, I felt an instant connection. Not only because of our shared grief of losing a child to suicide, but because she is warm, comforting, and caring. Because of Susan, I found that space that I could share my thoughts and feelings with others that truly understood.
We all have our own views and feelings about this new path we are on, but in this group, with Susan at the helm, I have found that “something more” that I was searching for. As one of the women in the group so eloquently stated, I found my tribe."
-- HM, Group member since 2017
Over a year ago our precious son took his life unexpectedly. Our world was shattered by this incomprehensible and unforeseen tragedy. Loss is universal, but loss to suicide is unique and often isolating. The emotions are complicated, confusing and sometimes unspeakable.
With sensitivity and gentleness, Susan Cyr guides our mothers’ group as we explore these tortured emotions. She offers a safe and nonjudgmental place to gather as we all struggle with the loss of a treasured child and the tempest of yearning and longing that rock our transformed lives. It is a place where all pretense can melt away and where we are free to be authentic. There is no pressure for performance. We sometimes cry, sit quietly or attempt to articulate our grief knowing that words are truly inadequate. There are moments of laughter in the group, in the midst of sorrow as we draw strength from each other and the knowledge that we are not alone. There is a comforting bond that provides strength to continue this difficult journey.
I am grateful to Susan for creating this refuge."
-- PK, Group member since 2017