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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
Monday, December 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
As we enter December and we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the celebration of Lights and Hanukkah we are reminded that this is a time to exchange gifts with those people who are important to us and we want to exchange gifts as a reminder that these people deserve something special because of who they are and that we want to express our gratitude to them for being so nice to us and making us feel very special. It is a time when we draw up our own “wish list” of things that we want during this season of gift giving.
Difficult Sibling Relationships and Suicide Grief
Saturday, November 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
It can be challenging to think about how an adolescent grieves the suicide death of a sibling if that relationship was troubled by intense issues of rivalry and conflict.  The negativity and damage within the relationship may not have been obvious, or may have been minimized by other family members.  Such relationship difficulties are more common than one might expect, and pose unique challenges for the adolescent’s grief and subsequent healing.