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Featured this Month:

From the Desk of Father Rubey
2 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
2 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?

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How Teens Can Grow After Loss
Thursday, May 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
The following is taken from a talk given at Brother Rice High School in the spring of 2013.

When you look at your life, that of an adolescent, you know that the person you are becoming has been influenced a thousand times by your parents, your siblings, your friends.  We take powerful messages, appraisals and views of life and the world into ourselves from those we most closely relate to.  We also take in reflections about how these influential friends and family members see us.  And we take note when one of these individuals recognizes our undiscovered talents or gifts.  When someone says, “I want you to be looked at by a soccer scout,” or, “I know you can make it to the regionals,” this is no small affirmation...
From the desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, May 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
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. It is a day when families go out for brunch to honor Mothers and do something special for the Mothers in our lives. The day is fraught with a lot of pain for grief stricken people who are painfully reminded that a special person is absent from these festivities. There is a missing card or a card that can’t be given to a missing Mother. This is a day that grieving people would like to have stricken from the calendar. Unfortunately that won’t happen.