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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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When Children Refuse Counseling
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by Debbie Major
Lately, we have heard parents express concerns over what they should do if children refuse counseling following a family member’s suicide. We recently heard about an adult survivor who lost a parent as a child and who told her mother at the time that she did not want to attend counseling.
Your Children’s Grief Services: How Long?
Sunday, May 01, 2016 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Because each bereaved child and each bereaved family is different, it’s challenging to make prescriptive comments about how much professional support to arrange for children and adolescents, and how long that commitment should last.  Time seems to be the currency for grief.  We start thinking about it as soon as the loss begins.  As adults, we commonly doubt that we can manage without something big and well-informed to support us for this formidable journey.  So when the LOSS Program for Children and Youth began our initial thoughts about a normal course of grief support for children were similar to the configuration we were accustomed to for adults.