Annual Survivors of Suicide Conference in Marion

Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, to promote healing, and to connect with others that have had similar experiences.

Each location welcomes survivors of suicide loss, providing a safe and healing space where everyone can comfortably participate in a way that is meaningful to them. Join with others to listen to a diverse panel of survivors discuss their losses, how they coped, and much more.

Come in person to experience the powerful sense of connection and community that is forged between survivors of suicide loss. You are not alone. Draw strength and meaning from your community and from your own experiences by showing up on Saturday, November 23rd. This day is for you.

Foundation 2’s event, located at the Marion Public Library, will feature local speaker Tom Capo. Reverend Capo is the minister of Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Reverend Capo describes himself as a Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist, Humanist, and Theist. He believes that all existence, including the Divine, is in process. He was a psychotherapist for over 30 years before coming to the ministry.

Tom’s presentation is titled “A Personal, Professional and Spiritual Reflection on Being a Survivor.”  He will reflect on the loss of his cousin to a suicide death, his years of working with those who have lost a loved one to suicide and the spiritual toll that  being a survivor can take on a person.

This event is open to all adults who have lost a loved one to suicide.  To assist with coordinating lunches, we ask that you RSVP by calling the crisis center at (319) 362-2174, by emailing or by mailing the completed registration form to Nancy Oehlert, Foundation 2, 1540 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.


Thank you to those who participated in the 14th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on November 17th. This was a great opportunity for those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide to connect to others who are dealing with a similar loss. John Paul DerryBerry provided the group with some words of wisdom about grief and youth based on personal childhood experiences.

Foundation 2 plans to offer programming for the 15th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. We are also working on a memorial event to be held in spring of 2013 for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. If you or someone you know has experienced a suicide loss, we can help. Please contact our crisis line at (319) 362-2174 to learn more about our services.

2012 event

One million people die by suicide every year. They leave behind countless family members and friends to make sense of it.

In November, survivors of suicide loss come together at healing conferences in their communities and online for support and guidance.

If you have lost someone to suicide, this conference is for you. You’ll get to hear from other survivors about how they cope. The program also features experts sharing what we now know about suicide and grief.

· If you are recently bereaved, come for support, practical guidance & information.
· If you are further along in your journey of healing, please come to offer a compassionate ear, and to offer reassurance that it is possible to survive the tragedy of suicide loss.

Please plan to join Foundation 2 on November 17th from 10 AM to 1:30 PM at the Marion Public Library to connect with others who have lost a loved one to suicide and to view a video featuring a panel of “experienced” survivors and mental health professionals talking openly about the questions so many newly bereaved survivor faces.

Local Speaker– John Paul Derryberry
John Paul Derryberry is an energetic and thoughtful inspirational speaker. John shares his family’s story of tragedy and their path to recovery to shed light on how emotions, difficult moments, and life can change and shake us to our core. In these moments we lose hope, break down, experience emotions we never thought we would and ask the question that may never get answer. The question of why, John will get you to look at your situation with fresh eyes, emotions, and thoughts in hopes for understanding our break downs, come to peace and acceptance with our emotions, begin to piece together why, and maybe more importantly understand where to put the focus.

Participants are welcome to bring photos or other items that remind them of their loved one for our memory table.
Lunch is provided. To help us prepare for this event, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Registration will still be available on the day of the event.

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