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Featured this Month:

Father Loss: Girls and Grief
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
I’ve been reflecting on the collective body of children’s grief work from which I’ve been privileged to learn in our LOSS Program for Children and Youth. It has been over six years now. Young people stay to talk over varying lengths of time from weeks to months to years. There are so many intervening variables that affect the grief work of a young person, and also some tricky consequences of parental loss that I have become aware of as a result of watching the development of bereaved children and teens. Sometimes I like to share my impressions and questions. Girls seem to stay involved with expressive grief work longer than boys do. Maybe this is because I am a female therapist, or maybe it has something to do with the relational sensitivities that we associate more often with females even from a young age. Whatever the causal factors, today I am writing primarily about my experience with father bereaved girls, but it opens to broader questions about identity development for daughters who lose fathers and sons who lose mothers. Make no mistake, boys can be sensitive too, and certainly experience consequences of parental loss. I do see this, but it is fair to qualify that most of my impressions at this time stem from my counseling relationships with girls whose fathers have died from suicide. And father loss does stand out in the counseling program’s history because men die from suicide at a significantly greater rate than do women.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Father Ruby
The great American holiday is celebrated on the 4th of July. This is a day when we commemorate the event when our Founding Leaders fought to throw off the shackles of an oppressive regime. These people fought and many of them died in order to create a more humane environment. While our country is not perfect it certainly enables all of us to live free and have many opportunities to live out our dreams and pursue our goals. For this we give thanks that out Founding Leaders had the courage and the foresight to follow their dreams and aspirations. They created an environment and produced a road map that we follow to this day. Our country has gotten better over the centuries as our leaders have perfected and refined the original documents that gave our country its beginning. Our country has evolved since the first shots were fired and the shackles were thrown off.

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Children’s Autonomy During Grief
Saturday, October 01, 2016 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
The LOSS Program has welcomed many members who have openly shared their grief.  Over the years a culture has developed to create a rhythm and ritual for intentional grieving in the lives of adult survivors who attend groups or individual counseling.  Additionally, the Obelisk goes out monthly to promote healthy perspectives and allow narratives of loss and remembrance to be shared. 
From the Desk of Jessica Mead
Saturday, October 01, 2016 by Jessica Mead
Surviving a loss by suicide is one of the most traumatic and devastating things that a person should never have to experience. It is the ultimate shock that can cause not only grave emotional and psychological pain but physical symptoms also. I have known many LOSS members who experience medical issues as the result of a loss. We no longer feel like ourselves and wonder if we will ever regain some of those pieces again. Sometimes our family members can become frustrated, waiting for that old person to return.