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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by From the Desk of Father Rubey
In January, we begin a New Year and many of us have New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight, getting more exercise or doing something positive to improve our lives such as being more understanding towards our loved ones. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently came out with a memoir detailing events in his life and what he learned from the tragedies.
Empty Space
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After a spouse’s suicide surviving parents may look into the rooms of their home and see remnants of a family life that is upside down. As a family begins to acclimate to the disorder posed by the beginning of the grief journey, it might be useful to realize that a world where meaningful structure has been disabled by a traumatic loss adds an element of strangeness in familiar spaces.

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Intrusive Images in Children After Suicide
Thursday, October 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
When a parent is faced with the task of telling children that a sibling or a parent has died by suicide, there is usually a sense of dread and heartbreak.  The parent is overwhelmed with the loss and its circumstances.  How is it possible to expect a child or teen, in innocence, to make sense of a loved one’s suicide?  We must start with a compassionate explanation for this manner of death; one that flies in the face of the great stigma attached to suicide that blames the person who died. 
Our Grief and Our Children
Tuesday, September 01, 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.