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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Father Ruby
In one of the recent LOSS support groups participants found themselves talking about the impact of stigma they experienced in the wake of their loved one’s deaths. Our groups are intended to be a safe place for survivors to meet others and talk about any struggles they are experiencing. There are many things that make suicide more painful and disorienting for those left behind, and one of those things is the experience of stigma.
Private Grief Stories
Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Private Grief Stories
On 9/11/17 I was watching speeches and ceremony regarding America’s evolving grief in the wake of its huge loss of life on 9/11/01. The anniversary events were beautifully intentional, formal and moving. I thought about Emily Dickenson’s verse: “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.” And I couldn’t help but think about our LOSS families. Is it odd that I might connect those experiencing the devastation of suicide loss with this grand scale, national observation of lost lives and collective meaning?

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Our Grief and Our Children
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Families are little systems that respond to change on inter-related levels.    Think of suicide loss within a family as producing seismic change.  While individual elements of our lives have survived the loss, such as other loved ones, home, car and job, they may no longer seem familiar.  In fact, the world we knew before the loss may now seem meaningless, even alien.  We find ourselves searching for something to ground us, something that feels solid and comforting in the midst of shock and instability.  When our core assumptions about life, reality, safety, family and future have been annihilated by the suicide of a spouse or a child, the desperation and trauma we experience can touch our children, even with strong efforts to care for them and maintain normal routines.  
From the Desk of Jessica Mead
Saturday, August 01, 2015 by Jessica Mead
As a clinician with the LOSS program, I have met dozens of survivors of suicide, heard many stories of tragedy and loss, and sat with numerous individuals experiencing gut-wrenching sadness, many people trying to figure out if life is worth living again. Some people ask how we (LOSS therapists) can hear these awful stories and find this work tolerable?  I tell people that work we do at LOSS is incredibly meaningful; people get better and I have met some of the most courageous, kind and wonderful people in the process. Most survivors that I see in grief counseling do get better and go on to live very fulfilling and meaningful lives. As grief counselors, we walk with individuals as they process through the phases of grief. We get to be part of the process to help the survivors reconstruct parts of who they are and assist them to re-engage in their life.