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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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Honesty with Children about Suicide
Saturday, August 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Most surviving caregivers question whether telling children about the suicide aspect of their loved one’s death is the right thing to do.  We believe that sharing the fact that their loved one’s death was caused by suicide offers children a beginning piece of their grief work.  Not communicating this information as soon as they can comprehend this manner of death puts them at risk for discovering it later in a context that may be unhelpful and that can evoke anger and dismay at having been deceived.  When you talk with your child, make sure that you have the time to focus on them, to emotionally support and nurture them.   Limit the information to what they need and don’t include disturbing details that can add trauma to their processing. 
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
The month of July is a great month for summer get togethers and barbecues. It is right in the middle of summer and we remember our nation’s founding. There are fireworks and all sorts of different ways to remember the birth of our wonderful country. Our heroes fought for our freedom and they accomplished it at great sacrifice and at great costs. We should all be forever grateful for what they did for us.