Challenging Funerals

Rev. Christopher Mohr, Funeral/Memorial Officiant/MC

Death of a Child, Suicides, Murder Victims, Alcohol, Drugs, PTSD and More

Rev. Chris Mohr has performed dozens of services for deceased children, suicides, murder victims, alcoholics, people who have died of drug overdoses, veterans and others with PTSD, and more. While the death of a loved one is difficult, it can be even more overwhelming when the circumstances of the death trigger feelings of despair, confusion, anger, shame and more. If you are a family member or survivor of an especially painful loss, please know that you will be met in an atmosphere of acceptance, patience and compassion. We can talk honestly together about how you would like to see the ceremony bring meaning and dignity to a life that has been lost in an especially tragic way.

What is suicide? What are possible reasons for suicide?

It is impossible for the average person to fully understand the depth of your loss in such tragic circumstances. How can anyone answer the questions that torment your soul at a time like this? This is why we encourage people to seek out help from the only people who can possibly understand you: those who have been through similar losses.



Rev. Mohr,

“When my son committed suicide I didn’t know where to turn. Thank you for your kind, compassionate help during the most difficult time of my life. Your service gave us all a chance to celebrate what I loved in my son. You talked about my son’s death in a way that was free of judgment and gave us a chance to think about the preciousness of all of our lives. Nothing can take away the pain of my loss, but at least you offered me, my family and friends a way to talk about this and help each other through the months and years ahead.”


Here are sources of support that can provide a vital lifeline to you in the months to come:

Suicide Support Groups



Parents Surviving Suicide Support Group of Metropolitan Denver
212 South Dexter Street
Denver, CO 80246
Group Name: Parents of Suicides
Contact Person: Vivian Epstein
(303) 322-7450
Leadership Type: Peer
Meetings/Month: 1
Charge: No
Newsletter: No


Survivors of Suicide
Abiding Hope Lutheran Church
6337 S. Robb Way
Littleton, CO 80122
Contact Name:
Charlotte Tankersley
(303) 408-4782
Leadership Type: Peer
Meetings/Month: 3rd Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM
Charge: No
Newsletter: Yes


Longmont Suicide Survivors Support Group
910 Longs Peak Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501
Group Name: Suicide Survivor’s Support Group
Contact Person: Sherri McIntyre, Ph.D., LPC
(303) 532-7904
Leadership Type: Prof.
Meetings/Month: 1st and 3rd Wednesday
Charge: No
Newsletter: No
Additional Information: Please contact prior to first meeting.
*Last updated 10/17/2012

Support after the death of a child

Assistance with Grief (Swedish Hospital)

501 East Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80110

Support groups offering seven free evening sessions for parents grieving the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death; also available is a subsequent pregnancy group called A NEW BEGINNING. Registration required. Contact: Natalie Wurzer

Solace (Exempla Lutheran Medical Center)
Women’s and Family Services

8300 West 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Support for parents grieving after a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

Angel Eyes

(Formerly Colorado SIDS Program)

425 So. Cherry Street, Suite 890
Denver 80246-1235 303-320-7771
Outside Denver 1-888-285-7437

Provides information, education and family support for those who have suffered the death of a child by SIDS, including all sudden, unexplained infant deaths. Contact Susan Backus.

Compassionate Friends

303-281-8452 (24-hour hotline)

Self-help group for parents and others who have experienced the death of a child. Support groups meet regularly.

Survivors of Murder Victims

Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide Victims Front Range Chapter

PO Box 375
Littleton, CO 80160-0375
303-798-2841 (Tom & Nancy Rasser)

Monthly meetings in Denver for homicide survivors and/or parents of children who have been murdered and other victims of homicide.

Voices for Victims Joe Cannata- 303-345-7301