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Featured this Month:

From the Desk of Father Rubey
4 days 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
4 days 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?

Archives:

From the Desk of Deborah Major
Saturday, November 01, 2014 by Deborah Major
When you lose a loved one to suicide, there is so much work involved in getting back to living; so much work involved in getting to a place of wanting to reclaim your life. And we know in the early going that survivors get very, very tired of the fight to reclaim something that resembles a life worth living.  Sometimes people feel like giving up.  We know because from time to time we hear, “I can’t go on like this.” “I don’t want to go on like this.” “How can I go on …?” Parents of young children often say, “I have to go on, but how?
Grief and Family Development
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
A young sensitive teen girl was struck, along with her mother and older siblings, by the suicide death of Robin Williams.  She had grown up with him of course, as he was her Aladdin’s genie and Mrs. Doubtfire.  He was in Night at the Museum and Happy Feet and more.  And he was her beloved father’s favorite comedian.  As she watched the coverage and absorbed his loss to not only the world, but to his clan of intimates, wives and children, she related the loss to that of her own family when her father died from suicide. It might have been so much fun for Robin Williams’ children to have him for a father with his amazing antics, humor and warmth.  And she adored her own father for his witty charm and humor, his love of dancing and dedication to his family, his coaching and his church.