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Keeper of Memories
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
I’d like to extend some brief thoughts about family grief through the holidays. There is a lot written on the subject to be found on the internet and various bereavement books. No wonder, because holiday traditions have “normal” and “what we always do” baked into them. When a loved one central to the family has died from suicide, these days can be approached with perhaps too much hope that they will help us feel better, or only dread or confusion.

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Restoring Family Stability after a Suicide
Monday, September 18, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Every family has various needs for structure. As they grow, families will create the rules and routines that support their ability to function. We know that families have different resources and various amounts of structure supporting day-to-day living, but if they have inadequate structure and routine for too long there can be emotional and behavioral reactions. As parents, we instinctively take steps to “get back to normal” following sickness, vacations, too much activity, conflict or time away from home.
From the Desk of Jessica Mead
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Jessica Mead
If you attend LOSS support group meetings you may be able to appreciate that sometimes meetings are really good, and you leave feeling energized and supported; but other times you think it was just okay, or perhaps it was not helpful at all. While we hope that most meetings are good and supportive we know that various factors can make the experience just okay for survivors at times. I have left my fair share of meetings wishing that I had said something different or connected with a lone member a bit more, but this past month I facilitated one of those exceptional meetings. I left feeling humbled, grateful and honored to be a part of the LOSS program. As the meeting started I looked around the room and had the thought that in no other sector of life would such a diverse group of people be coming together. I wondered how this eclectic group of individuals were going to relate.