FOR SURVIVORS -- Those left behind|
This area of the site focuses on survivor issues -- those left behind grieving the loss of a loved one. We will be expanding on this area to offer support and kinship. Unfortunately, as many of you know... when an officer dies from suicide, sometimes the *department* withdraws from you. This may or may not be intentional, however, the end-result is the same: You feel alone and abandoned. We hope to change that. Here is the place to bond with other officers' families, who have lost their loved one to suicide. We will feature out-reach programs, on-line chats, and other related projects to encourage healing, and hopefully... a better understanding.
SOLES Chat Room
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and instructions about our Chat Room.
S.O.L.E.S. -- Survivors of Law Enforcement Suicide
Pictured is a memorial banner depicting various states and law enforcement badges
inwhich death was a result of suicide. Unfortunately, this is a work-in-progress.
UPDATE -- A new quilt is being done now. The SOLES quilts will be taken to Washington, DC in May 2001 during the Suicide Survivor Conferences. For more information about SOLES newletter and banner, please email Teresa Tate, founder of SOLES.
Pictured below is the quilt displayed at the Capitol in 1998 (first photo) and in 2000 (second photo).
S.O.L.O.S. -- Survivors of Loved One's Suicide
Please visit again...
And remember, just because you can't *see* the pain of greif -- it doesn't mean it hurts any less. Be gentle to yourself during the healing process. Don't be afraid to ask others for support. Seek out family members and friends to share your feelings and accept their comfort. If you feel you need professional help or counceling, we encourage you to see your doctor for assistance.