Responding to suicide loss and grief in the community with best practices, research, and empathy.
Having someone in our lives die by suicide can be one of life’s most painful experiences. The feelings of loss, sadness, loneliness, and even anger experienced after any death are often elevated in suicide grief. Conversations and reflections in this workshop will include:
– Defining grief
– Understanding suicide
– Reflections on grief from a suicide loss
– Strategies to support yourself, others, and your community, after a loss to suicide
The program will be recorded and sent to all who register.
This program is made possible with funding from The Parmenter Foundation.
Steven J. Karaiskos, Ph.D.
Founder of Elpis Consulting, Coaching, & Community Building
Veteran Educator & Well-being Advocate
Steven is an educator and emotion scientist, a leader in the development of whole child emotional well-being, an advocate for educator well-being, an activist for suicide prevention/awareness & grief, and a dynamic and creative community builder.
A veteran educator with over 23 years of experience, Steven has taught for public and independent schools at every grade level including Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten, middle school & high school as well as supporting college/university students and adult learners. Steven is the Founder of Elpis Consulting, Coaching, & Community Building established to help schools, communities, and organizations cultivate restorative environments rooted in fostering hope toward organizational health, community well-being, and individual thriving. Additionally, he facilitates peer grief support groups for those who have had a loss to suicide and is the program director as well on the Board for The Kita Center – a restorative community honoring the lived experience of those impacted by suicide that includes the signature program Camp Kita – a nonprofit summer camp providing support for young people, ages 8-17, who have lost a loved one to suicide. Steven is a consultant with Sea Change Mentoring supporting international schools to ensure that both students and staff have the skills to build relationships and provide safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments for relationships to thrive.
A loss to suicide survivor himself, Steven earned his Ph.D. in Psychology, lives in Providence, RI, enjoys writing and Tai Chi, and was most recently the Senior Director of Community Education & Outreach with Samaritans, Inc.