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Grieving Over Time
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
What is the quality of grief that has been present in the life of a surviving person for quite some time? We want to give voice to this indefinite, very personal process of moving through grief after the quaking and shaking has subsided.  A survivor has come to a point of uneasy stillness, and she cannot see her future.
Watching for Depression in the Grieving Family
Saturday, March 1, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
During counseling intakes for the LOSS Program for Children and Youth we often hear parents’ concerns that their child may be depressed or will develop a serious depression in response to the suicide loss of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. We are glad to hear caregivers express this concern at the outset because it conveys understanding that the loss can be life-changing and the needs of each person in the surviving family have changed. Watching and assessing grieving children is the right response, and distinguishing grief from depression calls for the experience of a clinician or good, basic mental health information. The caregiving adult who attempts to monitor the grief responses of children and adolescents needs a sense of what healthy grief involves and what could be problematic.