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Keeper of Memories
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
I’d like to extend some brief thoughts about family grief through the holidays. There is a lot written on the subject to be found on the internet and various bereavement books. No wonder, because holiday traditions have “normal” and “what we always do” baked into them. When a loved one central to the family has died from suicide, these days can be approached with perhaps too much hope that they will help us feel better, or only dread or confusion.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Father Ruby
Oftentimes I have heard from people surviving a death from suicide that their souls seem dead. This crushing blow has literally deadened one’s spirit. All around survivors the world goes on but for the survivor the world has come to a crashing halt. The world has stopped and unfortunately survivors cannot get off.

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Starting Over
Monday, August 01, 2016 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
our family has experienced a suicide.  In its wake the world feels different and much of what once mattered now feels less meaningful...  The first weeks and months after a suicide are disorienting, and your energy is drained.  You are only trying to survive the shock, the relentless questions, the unyielding despair. You find yourself looking for solutions because fulfilling your role as a parent has become infinitely harder.  Your children and teens are presenting with grief symptoms that you don’t understand.  Are they grieving???
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, August 01, 2016 by Father Rubey
As people experience the loss of a loved one from suicide there are a few basic questions that survivors are challenged to address as they traverse the grief journey. The first question is what can be learned from this tragic event, if anything? The second question is how can the survivors become better persons as a result of losing a loved one from suicide? These are very basic questions that each survivor can grapple with.  Instead of being paralyzed by this loss some survivors challenge themselves by asking this first question and busy themselves in the immediate aftermath of the suicide by just trying to get through each day and respond to the daily tasks of surviving this tremendous loss.