The History of Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
- Also known as Survivor Day, the day was designated by the United States Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support.
- It was determined that Survivor Day would always fall on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, as the holidays are often a difficult time for suicide loss survivors.
Parkwest Medical Center, Peninsula, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network are hosting an event on Saturday, November 19, 2022, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Parkwest Medical Center (9352 Park West Blvd., Knoxville, Tennessee, 37923).
We’re pleased to welcome Denise Meine-Graham as this year’s keynote speaker. Meine-Graham has more than thirty-five years of leadership experience both as a corporate executive and as the founder of LOSS Community Services in Columbus, Ohio (2014). LOSS Community Services supported over 5,000 suicide loss survivors through 2021 under Denise’s leadership. Denise is currently a contractor supporting other communities and states as they launch and enhance their suicide postvention programs.
Denise is a certified thanatologist, has completed Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Death and Grief Studies Certification, is a Psychological Autopsy Investigator, and is trained in suicide prevention
programs (QPR Trainer, CALM Trainer, ASIST, CAMS, and How to Share Your Story Trainer).
Drey Meine is Denise’s son and is her pride and joy. He was 19 years old when he took his life in 2012. Drey was a warm, fun-loving, ornery kid who had friends and family who loved and still love him very much. You can learn more about Meine-Graham here.
Who Should Attend Survivor’s Day
This celebration is intended for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.