Wagga will come together for another year to 'turn loss into hope' at the annual Ripples of Hope event.
Organised by the Wagga and District Suicide Prevention Network, the event provides a support network to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
This year, the evening will begin with a remembrance service, followed by an optional walk around Lake Albert, ending with a barbecue.
"Having that time to stop, mingle and have a chat with others who know how it feels to lose someone to suicide can really help people connect," Suicide Prevention Network chairperson Emma Bromham said.
"It's really just an opportunity for those who have been affected to share their stories and connect with others in their community who have also lost to suicide."
Wagga woman Fran Goode is one of many who understands the worth of community support in times of grief.
"A bit over three years ago, I lost my brother to suicide," she said.
"Being able to connect with the community and lean on people for support is a vital part of where I'm at now, for sure."
Ms Goode said gatherings like Ripples of Hope encourages people to seek out support and identify that "hope is able to be found".
"I guess it's all about changing the way we see suicide," she said.
"Those who are only new to that journey of recovery through grief can get help and advice from others who may have been on that same journey for a long time.
"Where some things work for one person, they may not for others so sharing in support is really important to reconnect."
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Support from outside of immediate family have many benefits, according to Ms Goode.
"I have a very strong family connection, we have been fortunate enough to lean on each other but we have been a part of a fantastic community group who have supported us through this journey from the beginning," she said.
"It has helped comfort us to know that friends or teammates are still there even though they are going through their own emotions."
Ms Bromham has been a part of the Suicide Prevention Network for three years now and said each person grieves differently and perceives situations differently, so a wide support network is essential.
"While this is called Ripples of Hope, there is also a ripple effect from suicide onto immediate family, schools, sporting communities, workplaces and beyond," she said.
The Ripples of Hope event will be held at Apex Park, Lake Albert, on Wednesday, March 4 from 5.30pm.
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