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Featured this Month:

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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When Teens Grieve a Sibling’s Suicide
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow, LCSW, MSE and Deborah Major, PhD, LCSW
Family systems are often initially paralyzed by the suicide death of a child, with parents being the primary focus of grief support, as suicide grief literature has identified the loss of a child as among the most devastating for the parents. A study on sibling suicide bereavement for children who are still at home identify these children and adolescents as “the forgotten bereaved,” where “necessary help is impeded due to the extraordinary experience, leaving siblings outside the circle of friends and parental grief community” (Dyregrov & Dyregrov, 2005).
From the Desk of...Father Jakubik
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Father Jakubik
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Fr. Richard Jakubik, a therapist at the Holbrook Counseling Center. I am honored to also be a part of the LOSS team at Catholic Charities. For the past few months, I have met with survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide. Many survivors share with me how the aftermath of their loved one’s suicide wore them down mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The survivors, expressing their deep emotional pain, ask the most heart-wrenching questions of “why?”