Our Journey Continues Conference

Bringing together long-term survivors of suicide loss to "Engage, Enrich, and Empower" as we continue our healing journeys.

From 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9th through 12 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11th, fellow long-term survivors joined at the W Chicago City Center hotel in Chicago’s historic Loop for a weekend of workshops, expert-led discussions and social activities. Our Journey Conference was designed for people who have worked through the early experiences of suicide loss and have processed the earlier stages of grief, likely over a period of several years, and who are ready to engage in the next steps of sharing and healing together.

The conference program can be found here.

Speaker bios can be found here.

Confirmed presenters include 
Mariette HartleyFrank Campbell
John McIntoshCarla Fine
Michael MyersFather Rubey
Josh RivedalJack Jordan
Katherine ShearMelinda Moore
Kim RuoccoReverend Laura Biddle
Joan Schweizer HoffSharon Strouse
Peggy MarshallNicole Gibson
Franklin CookShirley Kaminsky
Iris BoltonRabbi Simkha Weintraub
Christine MoutierDoreen Marshall
Session topics include 
Healing Into ActionSpirituality’s Role in Long-Term Healing
Military SurvivorsPost-Traumatic Growth
Healing Through the ArtsA History of the Loss Survivor Movement
Sharing Your Loved One's LegacyLearning to Trust Again
Family Impact and GrowthWorking through Complicated Grief
and more


Answering yes to any of these questions suggests this may not be the year for you to attend this conference. We encourage you to connect with resources for the newly bereaved or those newly seeking support. AFSP is also partnering with the American Association of Suicidology  and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors on the 28th Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference, which may be more suitable for anyone who answered yes to the questions above. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Our Journey Conference is sponsored by:

Lead Sponsor

The Herbert Adelman Foundation

Supporting Sponsors

AFSP Illinois Chapter
Ride to Fight Suicide, Illinois to Wisconsin

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