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Featured this Month:

From the Desk of Father Rubey
one day ago 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
one day ago 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
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.