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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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From the desk of Jessica Mead
Friday, November 01, 2013 by Jessica Mead
We all know that suicide is different. There is something about it that makes the grief process feel different and more complex.  Suicide is traumatic; most of us never expected our loved ones to die in this way. Not only were their deaths unexpected and tragic, but many survivors walk in on the scene of death to discover their loved one’s body, and others witness their loved one’s death, each adding another complex layer of trauma to the already difficult and complex grieving process. I meet many people who heal and grow in the face of such trauma, but it is important to consciously recognize the pain of the loss and find some form of outward expression in order to promote healing.
Younger Children and Parental Loss
Friday, November 01, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
Younger children are mysterious in that they can be amazingly honest and straightforward and equally abstract.  Children as young as age two and three can already mask feelings and defend against the reality of a loss.  We see a range of grief responses and adaptation to death, just as we do in adults, and similar to adults, a stable home base plays a role in the adjustment process.