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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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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Sunday, February 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
During this month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and this can be a very painful day for people grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. The symbol for this day is the heart, which is a symbol for the love that people have for one another. If someone is grieving the death of a spouse, partner, fiancée, parent, child or anyone else for whom there is a bond of love, this is an especially painful day because there is not a Valentine’s card from this special person. Survivors can feel betrayed because of the death from suicide.
Presence and Absence: Grieving the Relationship
Thursday, January 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
It is difficult to think of anything more personal than grief.  After a suicide, the essence of the unique relationship we had with the person who died is mourned like nothing else.   We feel inextricably tied to the deceased, but the absence is everywhere.  What was familiar may now feel strange without the anchoring presence of the person who died.  The grief process is so powerful and difficult partly because we grapple with the reality of the absence when our attachment and expectation for presence of the person who died is still charged and active.