Starting Oct. 2, Good Grief of Kansas will have a brand-new chapter in Arkansas City.

Kathy Harbert will facilitate the group, which is intended to help those grieving the loss of loved ones due to suicide.

“We recognize that while the death of a loved one always causes pain and loss, there is additional heartache when a loved one has taken (his or her) own life,” the Good Grief of Kansas website states.

This group is based in Wichita, but has decided to offer its services in Cowley County as well, due to demand.

Overcoming the stigma

The very first meeting in Arkansas City is set for Oct. 2.

Anyone who has suffered a loss to suicide is welcome to attend. The group is meant to accommodate any person older than 16.

Harbert attended six months of training after experiencing the loss of her brother-in-law to suicide.

“I’ve been through the emotions they’re going through,” she said of the people Good Grief of Kansas seeks to help.

“(Loss to suicide) is not a normal, everyday grief. There is a stigma attached to suicide that makes long-term grief more difficult.”

This group is not faith-based, but the event is free to those who attend.

The first class will be held at 7 p.m. in the MidAmerican Credit Union community room, located at 1610 N. Summit St.

The group will meet on the first and third Mondays of every month.

About Good Grief of Kansas

Good Grief of Kansas is a self-help nonprofit organization founded in 1993.

It is a local bereavement program recognized with national awards.

Additionally, the governor of Kansas has given special recognition to Good Grief for its many achievements on behalf of those who grieve.

Good Grief of Kansas is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization funded by memorials, gifts and donations.

Those interested in attending can call Harbert for more details at (620) 441-7271.