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Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator’s Network Quarterly Gathering

March 15, 2023

The SBSGFN brings together a community of people who are currently facilitating a suicide bereavement support group so they can share knowledge, develop best practices, and support each other. Being involved with this network offers support for facilitators through the sharing of experiences and knowledge transfer and reduces the isolation experienced by individual facilitators in both rural, urban, and isolated regions across Canada.

Are you currently facilitating a suicide bereavement support group?

You’re invited to our next gathering. 

Our featured guest is Dena Moitoso, who will present on Prolonged Grief Disorder Within the Context of Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitation. 

Suicide bereavement is complicated by the sudden and traumatic nature of the death.  Recent research is suggesting that for some mourners, the intensity of grief-related distress does not decrease over time. Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) has recently been added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR) which incorporates the existing literature on complicated grief (CG), as well as new clinical considerations.  Mourners grieving a loss due to suicide are at high risk for PGD.   

This presentation will highlight best practices for using a trauma informed approach within support groups, to minimize risk and create safety. Highlights will focus on group process, timing, and the importance of sequencing topics.   


Dena Moitoso M.Sc., Psych. CRPO, OACCPP

Dena Moitoso, is a registered psychotherapist and holds a master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in traumatic bereavement. For over 25 years, Dena has provided individual and family counselling to those grieving the loss of a loved one. She is a founding member of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC) and the local chapter for Bereaved Families of Ontario.  She is the creator of several programs including support after suicide, side by side and first steps

Currently, Dena is the clinical consultant for WRSPC and presents at workshops for clinicians and the community.  As an instructor at Wilfred Laurier University’s faculty of Social Work, she shares her expertise on Traumatic Bereavement and Advanced Group Facilitator Training through their professional development certificates. Dena’s personal experience with loss greatly compliments her knowledge and understanding of the challenges of grief.  

Event Details:

March 15th, 2023 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST.

10:00 am PST / 11:00 am MST / 12:00 pm CST / 1:00 pm EST / 2:00 pm AST / 2:30 pm NST

This is a FREE virtual, online event via ZOOM.

Please register by completing the form below.

If you are interested in learning how to implement a suicide bereavement support group, please email us and request to be placed on our waiting list for any future groups we start for new facilitators.