Community members honor International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Members of the Mid-Ohio Valley community came together to honor the loss of their loved ones.
Suicide loss survivors shared their stories; did various group activities, and were just comforted knowing they were not alone.
Myla Kreinik has been organizing the group for the last four years after she lost her son to suicide.
"It's a calling in a way, it's like my son said, 'I needed help and I got help but it didn't really help me, so mom it's time for you to do something and go out and help other people,'" said Kreinik, organizer.
Jeannie Goff is another mother who lost her son and lost her son last July, right before his senior year at Parkersburg South.
Goff says, getting involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention helps her cope with the pain.
"There's something you need to fulfill, there's something you need to do to just stay going; looking for a purpose after you've lost all of your hope," said Goff.
Goff says, every day is still a struggle and she wonders why but finding other individuals who have gone through this tragedy and helping others is now her purpose.
"The organization gives me something to push that pain in, something that brings something positive out of something horrible," said Goff.
Myla Kreinik hosts a Bereavement Group for Loss Survivors at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Parkersburg Library.