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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, October 19, 2017 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
Thursday, October 19, 2017 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?

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Managing Family Strife After a Suicide
Friday, August 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
When a suicide occurs, the surviving family structure undergoes enormous stress as it attempts to reestablish equilibrium.  Traumatic loss is always highly disruptive, and individuals within the family may find themselves needing to balance, or even postpone grief as they mobilize toward the re-creation of a secure base.  Interpersonal conflict within the family at this time represents increased disruption and further distraction from the need to grieve.  It is rather common that immediate and extended family members respond to the suicide death with accusations, threats or relationship cut-offs, resulting in additional and very painful challenges for survivors.   Engaging with conflict and marshalling the energy to defend one’s self, or to protect children from adult issues can derail stabilization efforts and complicate grief for an entire family system in need of grief’s healing processes.
Child’s Mind Grief: Processing Suicide Losses with Younger Children
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
This article is inspired by the presence and thoughtfulness of your younger children, aged two to ten, who have received services in the LOSS Program for Children and Youth. At its inception, our clinicians with considerable background in child therapy could not anticipate the extent and depth to which we would witness the young as they opened themselves to the work of grief. When we consider the universality of grief, how readily do we think of it as an active mind and body process with the potential to advance development in young children? When we make space in our minds for young children to respond uninhibitedly to their experience, we do see them grow.