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Featured this Month:

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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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.
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?