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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
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
During the month of October Halloween has become a major holiday, second only to Christmas for decorations around people’s homes and in their yards.  It is also a time when there are all sorts of ghoulish figures that are supposed to scare people. It is also a situation that can be viewed as in poor taste for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. People erect fake cemeteries with tombstones that are supposed to be humorous, but for survivors of a suicide these are painful reminders of the final resting place for dear loved ones who found life too painful to continue living. There are also all types of dummies hanging from trees and this is a painful reminder for those survivors whose loved ones died from hanging. This is anything but funny for those survivors. My suggestion during this time of the year is to be prepared to have the pain of suicide stirred up as a result of decorations that are meant to be humorous, but that are quite offensive for those who are survivors of suicide.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, September 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
I recently read an article that dealt with creativity and the gist of the main theme of the article was that in many instances there can be two opposing people or factors that come together and make a very successful product or movement. The author cited Paul McCartney and John Lennon as one example; Paul McCartney was very meticulous while John Lennon was chaotic. They each brought their talents to the table and were able to create some of the greatest songs in the twentieth century. Their different approaches were blended and the end results were masterpieces in the entertainment world.