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LOSS Program Office
721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Main Line: (312) 655-7283
Fax Line: (312) 948-3340

What is LOSS?

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide is a free, non-denominational program that supports individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one by suicide. The LOSS Program is offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with the Diocese of Joliet. We are funded by the United Way, private foundations, as well as your charitable contributions.


What does LOSS do?

LOSS offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can openly talk about feelings and experiences. We help you to find community, direction and resources for healing.


How does LOSS help?

  • We provide a warm, nurturing network of other survivors.
  • We educate members about the grieving process.
  • We support your unique struggle to regain hope and strength.

LOSS Program outcomes

The LOSS program strives to provide effective and quality services to survivors of suicide.
During fiscal year 2013:

  • 100% of clients reported that it was helpful to hear how other survivors coped with their loss.
  • 91% of clients felt that the group process helped them to deal with their grief and develop positive coping skills.
 

LOSS Program Services:

  • Eleven monthly support groups:
    • Chicago Downtown
    • Des Plaines
    • Wheaton
    • Joliet
    • Mundelein
    • Worth
    • Inverness
    • Special Interest Groups:
      • Young Adults Group (18-30) in downtown Chicago
      • Spouse Survivors of Suicide Group in Worth and Des Plaines
      • Sibling Group in Northbrook
    • You can find dates and address on our Calendar & Events page. Please call if you have any questions.
  • Weekly support groups for the newly bereaved in eight-week sessions. Call for more details about the next eight-week group session.
  • Individual and family counseling.
  • Monthly newsletter, the Obelisk.

About the LOSS Program for Children and Youth

The LOSS Children's Program addresses the needs of children and adolescents impacted by the suicide of a family member or person close to them. The LOSS Program is a free and non-denominational service, serving Cook and Lake counties, offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We are funded by the Illinois Children's Health Care Foundation, other foundations concerned with the welfare of children, as well as your private donations.

LOSS Program for Children and Youth is here to guide and support young survivors of suicide through the grief recovery process. We help children and adolescents develop an age appropriate understanding of the death, develop tolerance for painful feelings, regain a sense of security in a reconfigured family, and reconstruct new and healthy self-concepts as survivors.


What does the LOSS Program for Children and Youth do?

The LOSS Children's Program begins with assessment to better understand the impact of suicide on your child's emotional and behavioral functioning. We work to help your child make sense of the loss and move through the grief process in a developmentally appropriate way that minimizes unhealthy expressions of grief. Treatment goals include trauma resolution and strengthening of family connections.


What you may not know about the impact of suicide on your child

  • Studies show that bereaved parents may not recognize the full scale of their children's distress due to their own grief.
  • Children may inhibit their grief reactions in order to avoid increasing their parent's sadness or anxiety.
  • Children and adolescents need support in handling their interactions with peers after the suicide loss.
  • Traumatic reactions can interfere with normal grieving processes and present emotional and behavioral risks.
  • Children seem particularly vulnerable to the dual demands of trauma mastery and grief work.

(R. S. Pynoos, MD, MPH)

How does the LOSS Program for Children and Youth help?

  • We provide a helping environment that is safe and nurturing.
  • We assist with trauma resolution.
  • We normalize the intense feelings of grief while correcting misconceptions you child may have formed about the suicide.
  • We assist with coping skills and a realistic understanding of the grief process.
  • We help you to understand your child’s needs and model healthy grieving.

Available Services

  • Individual therapy for children and teens, ages three to eighteen.
  • Family counseling.
  • Peer support groups.
  • Parent consultation.
  • School and community debriefings when a suicide has occurred.

Upcoming Programs for Families, Children and Youth:

Monthly remembrance dinners for grieving families and children.
Children, ages 5-18, and their caregivers will come together for dinner and an activity surrounding the loss of their loved one. These dinners will take place on the first Monday of the month and will alternate between the Des Plaines and Worth locations.

Future Dinners:

  • January 6, 2014, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Worth, 7000 W. 111th St. 
  • February 3, 2014, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Des Plaines, 1717 Rand Road

Please call the LOSS office to register for the dinner (312) 655-7283.


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Reference Links:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street 22nd Floor,
New York, NY 10005
Ph: (212) 363-3500
Fx: (212) 363-6237
Website: www.afsp.org
American Association for Suicidology
Connecticut Ave. Suite, 408
Washington, DC 20007
Ph. (202) 237-2280
Fx. (202) 237-2282
Website: www.suicidology.org
Suicide Prevention International
1045 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Website: www.spiorg.org