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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by From the Desk of Father Rubey
In January, we begin a New Year and many of us have New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight, getting more exercise or doing something positive to improve our lives such as being more understanding towards our loved ones. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently came out with a memoir detailing events in his life and what he learned from the tragedies.
Empty Space
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After a spouse’s suicide surviving parents may look into the rooms of their home and see remnants of a family life that is upside down. As a family begins to acclimate to the disorder posed by the beginning of the grief journey, it might be useful to realize that a world where meaningful structure has been disabled by a traumatic loss adds an element of strangeness in familiar spaces.

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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.
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.