Support groups

Coping After Suicide® peer support groups are for those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide. 


We meet on Zoom so you can participate from wherever you live (you’ll be amazed at how warm, welcoming, and genuine Zoom support groups can be).


They groups are small and private, so you’ll feel truly seen and heard.


They’re professionally facilitated by a hand-picked member of the Coping After Suicide® Support Group Facilitator Corps. All are highly-skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable, with a deep personal and professional understanding of suicide loss. You’ll receive valuable evidence-informed strategies and resources for coping with this complicated and painful loss. 


All groups meet in 10-session cycles and new members are welcomed at the beginning of each cycle:


  • Spring Cycle (January-April)

  • Summer Cycle (May-August)

  • Fall Cycle (September-December)


The registration fee for each 10-session cycle is $425 for new members ($385 for continuing/returning members). To make sure you’ll have a safe space for meaningful sharing, membership is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

"It was reassuring to hear how others were dealing with this. They can do it, I can do it."

“I found I kept saying to myself

'that resonates' or 'omg yes'."

"Meeting new people can be unnerving and talking to new people and being vulnerable with them is not something I typically do,

but I am so glad I did in this case."


"This is just what I needed."

“The support group has been so, so,

so immensely helpful."

“My only regret is not joining sooner.”

Here are some FAQ's  to give you a little more information about our groups.

If a Coping After Suicide support group feels like a good fit for you, please contact the facilitator of the group you're interested in to set up a short intake conversation before you register.

Spring '21 cycle; Registrati0n currently open

Adults Who've Lost a Parent (Mondays 5-6:30 pm Eastern)

Spring Cycle begins Monday, January 11, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 11 & 25

  • February 1, 8, & 22

  • March 8, 15, & 22

  • April 5 & 12

Facilitator: Joanne Harpel. If we've spoken, you can register now. Otherwise, please contact me.


Men (Saturdays 11 am-12:30 pm Eastern) 

Spring Cycle begins Saturday, January 9, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 9, 16 & 23

  • February 6, 13, & 27

  • March 13 & 27

  • April 10 & 24

Facilitator: Franklin Cook, MA, CPC, a longtime survivor of his father’s suicide, with 20 years’ experience as a suicide bereavement support group facilitator and trainer, including for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Support Group Facilitator Training Program and the Support After a Death by Overdose Peer Grief Support Facilitator Training Program.  If you’ve spoken with Franklin, you can go ahead and register now. Otherwise, email to schedule a call. 

Mothers (Tuesdays 5-6:30 pm Eastern)

Spring Cycle begins Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 12 & 26 

  • February 2, 9, & 23 

  • March 2, 16, & 30

  • April 6 & 13

Facilitator: Joanne Harpel. If we’ve spoken, you can register now. Otherwise, please contact me.

Siblings (Wednesdays 6:30-8 pm Eastern) 

  • January 13 & 27

  • February 10 & 24

  • March 3, 10, 24, & 31

  • April 7 and 14

Facilitator: Marianne Reid Schrom, the survivor of her brother’s 2007 suicide, with extensive experience as a suicide bereavement support group facilitator, and trainer for NAMI-New Hampshire and LivingWorks. If you’ve spoken with Marianne you can register now. Otherwise email to schedule a call.


Spouses, Partners, and Significant Others (Thursdays 12-1:30 pm Eastern)

Spring Cycle begins Thursday, January 14, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 14 & 21 

  • February 4 &18

  • March 4, 11, & 25

  • April 1, 8, & 15

Facilitator: Joanne Harpel. If we’ve spoken, you can register now. Otherwise, please contact me.


Teens  (Mondays 4-5:30 pm Eastern)

Spring Cycle begins Monday, January 4, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 4, 11, & 25

  • February 8 & 22

  • March 8 & 22

  • April 5, 19, & 26

Facilitator: Steven Karaiskos, PhD, a longtime survivor of suicide loss, and Social Emotional Learning expert with extensive experience facilitating peer support groups based on principles derived from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. If you and your parent/guardian have spoken with Steven, you can register now. Otherwise, email to schedule a call. 

Twentysomethings (Thursdays 6:30–8 pm Eastern)

Spring Cycle begins Sunday, January 14, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 14 & 21

  • February 4 & 18

  • March 4 & 18

  • April 1, 15, 22, & 29

Facilitator: Steven Karaiskos, PhD. If you’ve spoken with Steven, you can register now. Otherwise, email to schedule a call. 

Wednesday Group (Wednesdays 5-6:30 pm Eastern)

The original Coping After Suicide® support group, the "Wednesday Group" is open to survivors of any suicide loss, regardless of relationship. 

Spring Cycle begins Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Meeting dates:

  • January 13 & 27

  • February 10 & 17

  • March 3, 10, 24, & 31

  • April 7 & 14

Facilitator: Joanne Harpel. If we’ve spoken already, you can register now. Otherwise, please contact me.

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Coping After Suicide, LLC (and Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil., JD, President) serve solely as a suicide bereavement and postvention advisor/coach and are not licensed mental health professionals. Advice provided is not intended to constitute therapy or mental health counseling, and shall not be so construed.  Responsibility for seeking psychological counseling and/or medical advice rests solely with the user. Coping After Suicide, LLC and Joanne L. Harpel, President, are not governed by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  


If at any time you are in crisis and/or feeling suicidal call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  800-273-TALK or 911, text “HELP” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go the nearest emergency room.

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