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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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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
The month of July is a great month for summer get togethers and barbecues. It is right in the middle of summer and we remember our nation’s founding. There are fireworks and all sorts of different ways to remember the birth of our wonderful country. Our heroes fought for our freedom and they accomplished it at great sacrifice and at great costs. We should all be forever grateful for what they did for us. 
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
In June we celebrate Father’s Day which is a day set aside to honor our fathers or grandfathers. It can be a very painful day for those fathers who are grieving the loss of a child or grandchild from suicide. It is also a painful day for those people who are grieving the loss of a father or a grandfather from suicide. In the past there were gifts to be bought and cards to be sent and now that that key person has completed suicide there is a huge void that can never be filled by anyone. It is very important that the day be observed and the void be addressed and not to pretend that everything is the same. It is not and it never will be.