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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Father Ruby
Oftentimes I have heard from people surviving a death from suicide that their souls seem dead. This crushing blow has literally deadened one’s spirit. All around survivors the world goes on but for the survivor the world has come to a crashing halt. The world has stopped and unfortunately survivors cannot get off.
Our Grief and Our Children
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Families are little systems that respond to change on inter-related levels. Think of suicide loss within a family as producing seismic change. While individual elements of our lives have survived the loss, such as other loved ones, home, car and job, they may no longer seem familiar.

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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
In June we celebrate Father’s Day which is a day set aside to honor our fathers or grandfathers. It can be a very painful day for those fathers who are grieving the loss of a child or grandchild from suicide. It is also a painful day for those people who are grieving the loss of a father or a grandfather from suicide. In the past there were gifts to be bought and cards to be sent and now that that key person has completed suicide there is a huge void that can never be filled by anyone. It is very important that the day be observed and the void be addressed and not to pretend that everything is the same. It is not and it never will be.
Adolescence and the Grief Process
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
As a grief therapist in the LOSS Program for Children and Youth, I have the privilege to reflect on the active and diverse grief processes that teens have shared with me after experiencing a suicide loss.  The skills that teens bring to the grief experience are unpredictable based on age, and what each individual does with grief reflects various levels of engagement with a painful, yet often enriching process.