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Featured this Month:

How to Survive the Holidays after a Suicide
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Jessica Hutchison
The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who have been touched by suicide. For me, the holidays are a reminder of my own dad’s suicide. I will never forget the phone conversation I had with my dad the night before Thanksgiving, 2011. He wasn’t himself; something just wasn’t right. While a month would pass before his life ended, I often consider that night to be the turning point in his life.
A Resource for Rebuilding your Family after the Death of a Loved One, Book Review
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After the death of a spouse or a child a family is consumed by the steps necessary to find stability. Sometimes, when a bereaved parent reviews the past, they will see that there has not been a sense of family stability for a long time. Suicide is sometimes preceded with a history of mental health crises and behavioral reactions that disrupt family life.

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From the Desk of Deborah Major
Thursday, October 01, 2015 by Deborah Major
Experiencing the death of a loved one by suicide is among the most painful, bewildering losses that anyone can be asked to endure.  When the newly bereaved first call the LOSS Program seeking support, we hear the pain and confusion in their voices and in their questions.  Dying by suicide seems so senseless and so unnecessary to the vast majority who come seeking grief support.  The early emotional reactions, somatic symptoms, and intrusive ruminations about the loved one’s last moments feel unbearable, while at the same time they replay in a relentless loop that seems inescapable. 
Intrusive Images in Children After Suicide
Thursday, October 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
When a parent is faced with the task of telling children that a sibling or a parent has died by suicide, there is usually a sense of dread and heartbreak.  The parent is overwhelmed with the loss and its circumstances.  How is it possible to expect a child or teen, in innocence, to make sense of a loved one’s suicide?  We must start with a compassionate explanation for this manner of death; one that flies in the face of the great stigma attached to suicide that blames the person who died.