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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.


The Implications of Loss and Grief for Infants
Sunday, March 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
The Children’s Program has been privileged to work with bereaved children ranging in age from 3 to 19.   In addition to following research literature, we’ve been able to observe and learn about their grief responses according to developmental stages, and this is ongoing, as more young survivors share their experiences and questions about their losses.  We apply the model for relevant goals and outcomes, and to encourage the best support for each child to move through the grief process while maintaining or even enhancing development. Although there are some universal expectations for each developmental stage, every young person has unique inner resources and challenges, and the particular contexts of the child’s life also shape the individual needs and expressions of grief after the death of a parent or sibling. Because such losses do have developmental implications for children, we know that parent consultation and counseling for children provides much needed guidance and support.  Esther Shapiro, an authority on grieving families, states that “repair of our shattered selves following the death of a loved one depends both on our relationship resources and on the specific tools of our developmental moment “      (p. 87).  A wealth of information related to grief and family development can be found in her book, cited at the end of this article.
Marriage and Loss
Sunday, February 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
We like to hope that a profound loss like the suicide of ones’ child might help a couple to grow closer as they survive the loss together, but we know that some marriages have failed in the wake of such loss. What are the dynamics that might threaten the intimacy and safety of a marriage when a couple meets with profound grief?   Not only is each parent changed by the loss of the child, but the marriage is permanently altered.  New meanings and ways of life may be forged.   Each individual will journey through the agonizing and difficult feelings related to the loss, and each person will have to deal with how the other has changed.  Because families are systems, everything affects everything.  The balances that we achieve through roles and patterns of interdependence contribute to our identities and to the assumptions we form about life as we know it.  After the child’s suicide, this is all stripped away.  Each aspect of family structure is likely to be reconsidered as the survival work begins.