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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by From the Desk of Father Rubey
In January, we begin a New Year and many of us have New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight, getting more exercise or doing something positive to improve our lives such as being more understanding towards our loved ones. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently came out with a memoir detailing events in his life and what he learned from the tragedies.
Empty Space
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After a spouse’s suicide surviving parents may look into the rooms of their home and see remnants of a family life that is upside down. As a family begins to acclimate to the disorder posed by the beginning of the grief journey, it might be useful to realize that a world where meaningful structure has been disabled by a traumatic loss adds an element of strangeness in familiar spaces.

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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.
From Father Rubey - August 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 by Father Chareles T. Rubey
As we move into August the “summer doldrums” set in. I don’t think that people tire of summer but it is more like people get used to the summer months. Most look forward to the summer and longer days and warm weather. Now that we are in August the newness of the summer and the anticipation has worn off and we are spending the last month of the summer enjoying the last vestiges of the season. Come September we anticipate autumn and the winter. During August we make the most of family outings and barbecues because these events will soon come to an end for another year. Our lives move on.