Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Blossoms of Hope is an annual event to support the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program. The LOSS program provides support services for individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Please visit our Virtual Event to support 2020 Blossoms of Hope!



Become a sponsor of Blossoms of Hope Brunch! Contact with sponsorship questions or to reserve your sponsorship. All sponsorship contributions directly benefit the LOSS Program and are 100% tax-deductible.


Sue & Bill McErlean




Thomas W. Havey

Michele & George Hinchcliff

Cara & Michael Levinson


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Gabriel's Light

Kelly & Jim McShane


In Memory of Kevin John Rowan

The Darley Family Foundation

Paula & John Dore

Amy Hess Fischl & Elaine Hess

Tom & Peggy Kloempken

Judy & John Lynch

Michael & Marie McCann

Robert C. Siegel


​Salvi Media

Why is Blossoms of Hope becoming a virtual event this year? We are following all recommendations from the CDC and other health agencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so this year’s Blossoms of Hope event will be changed from an in-person event to an online one. We hope that the online format will allow as many people as possible to participate. During these challenging times, we think everyone could use some encouraging words from Fr. Rubey and our great speakers from the comfort and safety of home.

How can I participate? Mark your calendar and plan to join us on your computer on Sunday, April 26th! On that date, you will get an email with links to view our inspiring speakers and participate in our auction, raffle, and Gift of Hope collection.

How much does it cost to participate? There is no cost to participate! If you are able to make a donation in lieu of a traditional ticket purchase, we will gratefully accept your donation – just visit the “Donate to this Event” Tab.

How can I donate? If you would like to donate now, please visit the “Donate to this Event” Tab. There will also be lots of opportunities to give on the day of the virtual event through auction bidding, raffle ticket purchase, and donation.

I am making my donation in memory of a loved one: When you visit “Donate to this Event” tab, check the box that indicates “This gift is in honor, memory, or support of someone". There will be a text box where you are welcome to leave your personal tribute message. All supporters and memorials will be published on our web page on the day of the event, April 26th.

Can I invite my family and friends to join? Absolutely! Everyone with an email address can participate. Please tell your friends to contact to be signed up for the virtual event.

Are you still collecting in-kind donations? Yes! Please contact if you would like to donate a prize to our auction & raffle.

I have more questions: Please contact with any other questions you may have.

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Rev. Charles T. Rubey

Father Rubey

Father Charles T. Rubey joined Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1972. Upon earning his Master’s degree in social work in 1977, he became Director of Mental Health Services, a post he held from 1978 until 1989. From there, he moved to Director of Programs in 1993 and then Associate Director of Programs in 2004.

Fr. Rubey is also the Founder and Director the Catholic Charities LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) program. He created this unique ministry that brings people together to support one another at a time when they feel irreparably broken. LOSS is one of Fr. Rubey’s greatest contributions to Catholic Charities, the mental health field and to the thousands of people who have participated in this unique counseling and self-help program since he started it in 1979 at the request of three families who had lost loved ones to suicide. Today there are 12 meeting sites across Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties and the Diocese of Joliet.

Through LOSS, Fr. Rubey’s talents have touched people around the world. In October 2006, LOSS hosted a training seminar at the request of the World Health Organization. In 2008 at the request of the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center, and with the support of Suicide Prevention International (SPT), the LOSS staff performed a special LOSS training in Beijing, China.

In 2019, the LOSS Program commemorated 40 years of service. Father Rubey’s compassion is felt by all who turn to LOSS at one of their darkest times.

Monica Pedersen

Described by the New York Times as the “radiant, high-energy mistress of ceremonies” at the recent Kitchen & Bath Industry show, Monica Pedersen’s enthusiasm for her career as an interior designer, author and television host shows in all she does. As one of the expert judges on NBC’s American Dream Builders and as a designer on over 90 episodes of HGTV’s hit television series, Designed to Sell, 50 episodes of Bang for Your Buck, and as the regular host of HGTV’s DreamHome Giveaway and House Hunters Great Escapes, Pedersen quickly became a trusted design expert showing viewers how to add value to their homes and “Make It Beautiful” on any budget.

In addition to her work on television, Pedersen released her first book titled Make It Beautiful Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home. Pedersen is currently bringing her Make It Beautiful design style to retail designing her own lines of home décor accessories, textiles and furnishings.

Monica’s designs and tips have also been featured in national publications including People, HGTV, Redbook, Town and Country, Traditional Home, Good Housekeeping, InStyle, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle. Monica was featured as one of Chicago’s 50 most beautiful people in Chicago Magazine and is a contributing columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times Daily Splash column. She has been a member of the LOSS Program for more than 20 years.

John R. Jordan, PhD

The 2020 Charles T. Rubey LOSS Award will be presented to Dr. Jack Jordan. John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 35 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This Task force has recently released postvention guidelines for the United States, titled Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines.

For over 30 years, Jack has provided training nationally and internationally for professional caregivers, and has helped to lead many healing workshops for suicide survivors. Jack has published over 50 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems.

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Donate to the LOSS Program

Your contribution to Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) will provide safe, non-judgmental spaces where survivors can share their feelings and experiences, and build hope for a brighter future.

As we listen to what LOSS members value, our services continue to expand: individual counseling, monthly groups, special 8-week groups for the newly bereaved, the Obelisk monthly newsletter, an annual Evening of Remembrance, and an annual family retreat. And, as we respond to the COVID-19 Crisis, we embark on new ways of serving survivors virtually.

Thank you. Your gift is a blessing to the entire LOSS family – both to current members and to those who will enter our doors in the coming months.

We extend our prayers of blessings for you and for those you hold dear to your heart.