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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Friday, April 20, 2018 by Father Ruby
In May our country celebrates Mother’s Day which is a day when we honor our Mothers who are still here and fondly remember those Mothers who are a part of the hereafter. For those Mothers who are grieving the death of a child from suicide or those children who are grieving the loss of a Mother from suicide this is an especially painful day.
Family Conflict after a Suicide Loss
Friday, April 20, 2018 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Infighting and conflict after the death of a primary family member is a difficult but recognized manifestation of grief. Suicide grief, in particular, can take us down to base level, sometimes to our most primitive responses of blame and rage. These initial feelings are common, and often part of the changed world after suicide loss.

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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.