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Featured this Month:

From the Desk of Father Rubey
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by From the Desk of Father Rubey
In January, we begin a New Year and many of us have New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight, getting more exercise or doing something positive to improve our lives such as being more understanding towards our loved ones. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently came out with a memoir detailing events in his life and what he learned from the tragedies.
Empty Space
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After a spouse’s suicide surviving parents may look into the rooms of their home and see remnants of a family life that is upside down. As a family begins to acclimate to the disorder posed by the beginning of the grief journey, it might be useful to realize that a world where meaningful structure has been disabled by a traumatic loss adds an element of strangeness in familiar spaces.

Archives:

Grief and Family Development
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 by Deborah R. Major, PhD, LCSW
Grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide is probably a lifelong process for adults and children alike.  This doesn’t mean that the pain associated with the loss will remain the same over time.  We know there are survivors reading these columns whose loved one died as recently as a few weeks ago, while others are remembering a loss that is many years in the past.  Integration of the loss takes place over time for adults and children, but with important developmental differences.  
When Children Defend Against Deepest Loss
Sunday, November 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
When our children are born, we reflect on their futures. We want to bless them on a pathway that will delight them, inspire curiosity and encourage them to try new adventures, all the while protecting them with a secure base.   We hope that they will lose their innocence gradually.