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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, October 19, 2017 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
Thursday, October 19, 2017 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
Thursday, January 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
Now that the holidays have come to an end, members of the LOSS family breathe a big sigh of relief that the decorations can come down and the grief journey can continue. The holidays are generally a very stressful time because there is so much gaiety and cheerfulness, and survivors of a suicide are almost forced to put on the “happy face”. It is very difficult to get through the holidays with such a heavy heart.
How Memories Age
Monday, December 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
The young children in our grief program often struggle with recalling memories of the loved one they lost to suicide. They might say that they remember places, behaviors, or activities that occurred on a regular basis with their loved one, but too often the memories are vague. We know that when children as young as four or five remember the fancy rims on Papa’s wheels, or that father tossed them playfully in the air, or an older brother played soccer and wore a particular kind of hat, they have locked on to something that stands out and carries significance.