"For Suicide Loss Survivors"
If you or someone you love is in a crisis situation and need immediate help, please
contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Who We Are
Our MISSION is to ensure no one has to experience suicide loss alone. Our group offers a listening ear. We labor to support survivors of loss helping them navigate their grief by providing community resources, support groups, and fostering community awareness.
Our VISION is for an empathetic community providing loving support, fostering healing, and hope for survivors of loved ones who have taken their own life.
"Hear me, O God, when I cry: listen to my prayer. You are the One I will call when pushed to the edge, when my heart is faint. Shoulder me to the rock above me."
Resources We Can Offer...
To learn more about these resources or if you have a special need, please Contact Us.
Our support groups offer support, comfort and encouragement after the loss of a loved one to suicide. We are not trained therapists and our groups are not therapy sessions. We offer a safe environment where we share our frustrations, provide the ability to ask questions, and help one another cope. We walk with you so you don’t have to be alone as you navigate your journey of loss back to a life filled with purpose.
Professional Counseling Referrals
The following organizations and therapists
have training in both grief and trauma.
The Alliance of Hope offers specialized support for those who have been impacted by suicide loss.
Lighthouse Counseling Services - lcsinc.org
Henderson office @ 203 N Elm Street Henderson, KY 42420(270) 826-8761Jane Brown, LCSWJanet Messer, LPCC-S, MACBonnie Thomas, LPCA, TCADC
Madisonville office @ 1830 Lantaff Boulevard Madisonville, KY 42431(270) 821-8884Jessica Thomas, LPCC-S
Owensboro office @ 920 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301(270) 689-0073Sonja Cook, LPCCRhiannon Gray, LPCA, TCADCBarbie Matthews, LCSWStephanie Montgomery, LPCC-SJenni Owen, LCSWBree Simone, LPCC-S, RTC
Biohazard Scene Clean-up
We have partnered with Paul Davis of NWKY restoration company to help provide scene clean-up. If a loved one has lost their life to suicide, please contact us as we can assist in this process.
Amber & Brandon Hogan
Talon Hogan’s tight-knit family had a reputation for entertaining folks in Henderson, Kentucky, with monthly comedy-sketch performances at One Life Church. He impersonated popular characters to make others laugh and, at the age of 16, raised funds for a Myanmar mission trip rather than saving up for a car. “He went there to serve the kids, but it was the other way around,” Amber Hogan, Talon’s mother, recalled. “He just wanted to help, and his passion was for the kids.”
Just two days after his 20th birthday in May 2018, shortly after deciding to discontinue his schooling at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Talon took his own life. Talon hadn’t shown any signs that he might be suicidal, not even to his parents, Amber and Brandon Hogan, or younger brother Caleb. “I think everybody sees things afterward. There really were no signs, (but) you want to pinpoint something,” Amber said. “We had just signed a lease for an apartment for him. He wanted to join the police academy.”
In the year since Talon’s death, his parents have struggled to cope with the loss of their son and the accompanying guilt. Amber Hogan, a personal finance banker with a skill for photography, cataloged her family over the years, preserving Talon as the smiling young man passionate about family, church, and service to others. Seeing Talon this way helps Brandon Hogan remember Talon at his best. “It’s rough. Rough. It’s against the natural order of things,” Brandon said. “I would give anything if I could have just two more seconds with him.”
Grandparents, oh what joy they bring! The unending smiles of adoration, the unconditional acceptance and unlimited amusement create a cocoon of respect and love, unlike any other relationship. The seasoned lifetime of experiences provides wisdom, guidance, and direction grandchildren cherish and remember forever. So, what happens when death robs children of the most loving relationship? Even worse, what happens when the death was a choice, not a natural act of nature? Unfortunately, I am a surviving suicide victim of my dad. Meaning, I am also a parent trying to fill the lost love and the lost relationship my children should have with their grandfather. Instead of cherishing the experiences my children share with a man they would have intimately known as Grandaddy, I am left recalling memories to imagine what my children’s experiences could be. These stories are my only hope for my children to develop a heartfelt love and connection to their grandfather! Continue Reading
My Blue-eyed Boy
Joshua was 27 when he left this world by his own hands. He was the youngest of 4 and, ironically, the father of 4. At 23, Josh was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental disorder his dad also had. People with this disorder go through periods of extreme highs, mania, and extreme lows, depression. Josh’s depressive episodes were also stronger and longer lasting than his manic episodes. I remember on the morning after he left us, I decided to walk down to the corner Kwik-Pic and get a cup of coffee. It was mid-August. When I stepped outside the sun was shining bright and warm on my face, birds were singing, there were 2 baby rabbits playing in the grassy area by the parking lot, cars were going up and down the road. I could hear kids laughing and playing at a school bus stop. Everything was going on the same as the day before as if nothing had changed. My soul was screaming “This is not right! It’s not fair! Everything is not the same!” My child had left this world by his own hands, everything had changed. Everything for myself, his children, and his siblings; nothing would ever be the same again. Some years back I read a poem written by another parent who had lost a child. One sentence, in particular, stood out to me. It has stayed with me since. It stated, “I am constantly aware of the presence of the absence of my child.” Constantly aware at every ball game of his son, every birthday party, every graduation, every wedding, every birth of one of his grandchildren…constantly aware.
I have learned that a mother’s love truly knows no boundaries, not even in death. Until my last breath, I will be Josh’s mom. He will forever be my blue-eyed baby boy.By Anonymous
Our talented staff who passionately give of their time
Cindy Weaver serves Infinite Hope as Chairman of the Board of Directors. She has called Henderson, KY her home for 40 years along with Mark Weaver, her husband of 40 years, and it is where they raised their two adult sons. Cindy’s passion for helping found Infinite Hope was first ignited in June of 2019 when a young lady took her life, this followed the suicide in May of 2018 when a young man took his life that served every Sunday in the children’s ministry at the church she and her husband attend. Additionally, the young man had gone on a mission trip with her and her husband. Prior to these losses, while working on her Master's degree in 2004, the loss of a very dear friend who was like family was devastating to her. It was the tipping point that led to her withdrawing from school mid-semester. These and many other experiences with loss due to suicide have given Cindy a depth of passion leading to the founding of Infinite Hope. She understands personally that the loss of suicide has a broad reach and impacts those connected to the one lost. Her own journey lends great compassion for those considering suicide as well as those who are mending from relationships lost from suicide.Cindy shares, "For me the deciding factor to start Infinite Hope was when the young lady took her life in June of 2019, through a chain of events that followed, I became passionate about helping survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide rebuild their lives. And Infinite Hope was born.” In addition to serving as Director, she volunteer’s weekly at the Henderson County Detention Center through Good News Jail and Prison Ministry and serves on the Foster Care Review Board.
Amanda and her husband Josh live in Henderson, Kentucky, and are the parents of Gabrielle, and Jack. Amanda has watched loved ones suffer from mental illness and walked alongside a friend after she suffered the loss of her young son to suicide. She desires to support and normalize mental illness, including the emotional pain that families of suicide victims experience. She states, “I am proudto serve alongside an amazing, compassionate team here at Infinite Hope."
Jack Hudson lives in Poole, Kentucky with his wife, Kristen, and their four children, John, Connor, Savannah, and Ellie Kate. Jack decided to become involved with Infinite Hope because he is a survivor of suicide himself. Jack’s Dad took his own life in 2004 after a long battle with bipolar disease. For Jack, losing his Dad at such an early age in this way was devastating. Going through that tragedy has been one of the hardest things Jack says he has ever dealt with in his life. He wanted to be a part of Infinite Hope so he could walk beside and help others that have experienced similar situations. He also desires to be a part of a group that will help end the negative stigma that comes with mental illness.
Team Member - Advocate
Frank Poole and his wife Kim have raised their family in Henderson, Kentucky, and have more recently turned their attention to the joys of being grandparents. It is common to find Frank enjoying nature whether that be fishing, raising chickens, or just hanging out with his dog. After suffering a loss of a family member due to suicide, he developed a passion for helping others navigate the deep waters ofgrief. Frank is proud to be a part of Infinite Hope of Kentucky and he desires to walk alongside others who are experiencing a loss due to the tragedy of suicide.
Heidi Todd is originally from Henderson, Kentucky. Recently, after many years of being away, she along with her husband Toddy, and their two children Reese and Trey returned. Suicide and mental illness have always weighed heavy on Heidi’s heart. After watching close friends lose a young family member to suicide, it became apparent to her that there is a definite need to help the survivors. Her aspiration is that Infinite Hope can provide that support to the survivors during a time in their life that is unimaginable. She desires that mental illness can become less stigmatized and people will feel more comfortable reaching out for help. She states that she is “blessed and invigorated to be a part of such a wonderful teamwith Infinite Hope!”
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