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Featured this Month:

From the Desk of Father Rubey
4 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
4 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?

Archives:

Remembering Paul
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 by Steve Moore
Early in NBC’s broadcast of the 2008 Ironman Hawaii, the narrator says that there is a time cutoff for the swim and failing to make it will result in a competitor being removed from the race. As he is speaking, a man hurries out of the water and up some steps, stumbles a few feet and collapses. Most viewers probably thought: “That was a bad, unprepared swimmer.” They are right. I am a bad swimmer and I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. But there is more to the story than can be shown in ten seconds of television.
Grief and Family Development: When Children Refuse Counseling
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 by Deborah R. Major, Ph.D., L.C.S.W
Lately, we have heard parents express concerns over what they should do if children refuse counseling following a family member’s suicide. We understand that concern, given the research that examines the characteristics of child survivors of suicide.* We recently heard about an adult survivor who lost a parent as a child and who told her mother at the time that she did not want to attend counseling. Today this same survivor is asking her mother why she was not made to attend counseling anyway, recognizing in retrospect how much she needed it. This story speaks to the gradual accretion of developmental competence and maturity around decision-making, competence that young children do not have, which adds to the complexity of helping them make good choices.