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, join fellow long-term survivors 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 cost for the conference is $300, which includes Sat/Sun breakfast, Sat lunch and receptions. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Our hotel room block is at capacity. For assistance with your hotel reservations, please contact Nicole Jacobson, Conference Coordinator at as soon as possible.

Click here for transportation information and directions to the W Chicago City Center.

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

Individual architectural walking tours are offered by Inside Chicago Walking Tours. Two tours are available on Friday, September 9: Open Your Eyes: The Secrets of the Loop and The World Within: Dazzling Interiors of the Loop. You can read more about each tour and purchase tickets directly on Inside Chicago’s website.

Small group architectural walking tours and individual architectural river cruises are offered through the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you are interested in booking a small group walking tour or a river tour, more information can be found and tickets purchased on the website.

All registered attendees will also have the opportunity for some self-care with 20% off services at Bliss Spa at the W Lakefront (near the conference hotel—W Lakefront is a separate property). Don’t miss this opportunity to take some time for yourself to rest and relax. Please mention “W delight discount” when booking.


We welcome long term survivors to this conference. While AFSP supports loss survivors at all stages of healing, this conference is designed with later phase experiences of survivors specifically in mind. (Therefore it is not a traditional healing conference and is not for the newly bereaved.) In order to start the process of registering for the conference, please complete all 9 questions below to help you determine if the conference is right for you at this time. The link to register will automatically appear when appropriate.

Yes No Questions
I have done most of my grieving on my own, without the help or support of friends, family members, support groups, or professionals.
The first thing I think of each morning and the last thing I think of each night is my loved one who died by suicide.
It is difficult for me to watch a movie or television show when suicide is part of the story line.
Speaking openly about my loss is still too painful.
Thinking about my loss brings up intense feelings of anger.
I avoid speaking about suicide because I am embarrassed or ashamed, or because I have heard negative or hurtful comments about people who take their lives.
Talking about my loss or hearing others talk about theirs is very painful for me.
My grief feels overwhelming to me more days than not.
I have not attended a support group or other event specifically geared toward suicide loss, and am or would be uncomfortable listening to others share at those events.

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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