October 1, 2022
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Iron Workers Building
10512 122 Street NW
Life After Suicide Loss (LASL) provides a safe space for those bereaved due to suicide to share experiences and learn from one another. We hope our community will have a chance to share stories related to suicide grief that normally would go unsaid/unspoken, as well as different ways that others have used to integrate the losses into their lives. As a second time event, we hope to continue to spark meaningful dialogue that will guide future conversations.
This event will be held in person and virtually. The program will comprise of a keynote speaker, break out sessions, live music, and more.
Register for the event here.
In case you did not get a chance to register and would like to attend in person, you are still welcome.
There will be people to guide you to the break-out sessions you wish to attend.
Keynote Speaker: Laurie Davis
Our keynote speaker, Laurie Davis is a Professional International Speaker and has owned and operated her own business for the past 30 years.
In 1984 she came home to discover that her husband Keith the love of her life, had tried to take his own life that day. Laurie speaks openly about the aftermath of that experience with a second attempt a week later. Keith disappeared in 1986.
Laurie will share her story that will bring light and hope to those of us left behind when we lose a loved one in this way.
On a daily basis Laurie delivers a series of educational workshops that have been specifically designed to support us with our healing, our learning, personal and professional development.
There will be four breakout sessions for participants to choose from. Each participant will choose two sessions they are interested in joining and each session will be offered twice during the program.
Loving Me & Letting Go – Facilitated by Laurie Davis
Laurie will engage participants in conversation related to tips and techniques on how to let go of the blame, guilt, shame, stigma, hurt and other negative emotions that can be so intense when a loved one takes their own life. Laurie lost her husband in 1986 and was able to rebuild a life for herself.
Healthy Grieving for Men in Mourning – Facilitated by Owen Pelletier
Through this unique and empowering men’s workshop, Owen will engage the men in attendance in conversations about the differences between toxic and healthy ways that men grieve. He will also shine light on tools that men can utilize for their healing.
Grief Related Anger – Facilitated by Betty Wedman
We might have experienced anger during grief in various degrees. Anger, just like all emotions is important. This session will include a discussion on the role anger plays in the grieving process, how to process anger and how to support ourselves when angry. Anger can help you transform your pain into passion.
Navigating the Grief Hierarchy: Perspectives on Sibling Loss – Facilitated by Andrea Stempien
Andrea lost her brother to suicide in 2017, since then she has been involved in a number of suicide prevention initiatives, including the Buddy Up Campaign at the Centre for Suicide Prevention. Andrea is an animal lover and enjoys spending time with her corgi.
REGISTER FOR BREAK OUT SESSIONS HERE.
Thank you to this year’s event sponsors!