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Our Grief and Our Children
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Families are little systems that respond to change on inter-related levels.    Think of suicide loss within a family as producing seismic change.  While individual elements of our lives have survived the loss, such as other loved ones, home, car and job, they may no longer seem familiar.  In fact, the world we knew before the loss may now seem meaningless, even alien.  We find ourselves searching for something to ground us, something that feels solid and comforting in the midst of shock and instability.  When our core assumptions about life, reality, safety, family and future have been annihilated by the suicide of a spouse or a child, the desperation and trauma we experience can touch our children, even with strong efforts to care for them and maintain normal routines.