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Chicago, IL 60654

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Featured this Month:

From the Desk of Father Rubey
2 days ago 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
2 days ago 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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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Friday, May 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
You may never have heard of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who recently completed a climb in Yosemite National Park. They scaled the Dawn Wall in Yosemite which is considered the most treacherous climb in the world. I followed their progress as it was reported in the newspaper. I was fascinated by their dedication and their tenacity as they persevered to reach their goal. At the end of the climb one of them remarked that everyone in life has a Dawn Wall to scale.
School Age Children and their Grief Processes
Friday, May 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Our LOSS children’s program receives calls from parents who previously had no need to consider counseling services for their school age children.   Parents may have been challenged to keep up with the flourishing child’s social schedule, tutor, team sports, music lessons,… but had no reason to consider that their child’s rapid developmental progress might be impacted by a profound loss, such as suicide.