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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.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Father Ruby
Oftentimes I have heard from people surviving a death from suicide that their souls seem dead. This crushing blow has literally deadened one’s spirit. All around survivors the world goes on but for the survivor the world has come to a crashing halt. The world has stopped and unfortunately survivors cannot get off.

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From the Desk of Debbie Major
Monday, February 01, 2016 by Deborah R. Major, PhD, LCSW
From time to time I am invited to write for this column, most often when Father Rubey is away.  He has written this column every month for many years, and when I attend LOSS groups, often a group member will comment on how something they read in Father’s “From the desk of” column seemed to speak directly to their experience that week.  So it’s always a challenge to write here, knowing that readers are expecting words of wisdom and inspiration.  If you are reading this page, I know that you have either lost a loved one to suicide, or you are trying to help someone who has.  Our readership includes individuals and families that have lost a loved one quite recently, as well as those whose loss is many years in the past.  The Obelisk is also making its way around the world.  We have readers in Australia, in China, in Ireland.  And with the increasing popularity of our email format, it’s impossible to know where in the world these pages might be read, as local survivors with family members in the Philippines or Pakistan or Mexico can, with the click of a mouse, instantly forward the Obelisk to those near and far.  We know that survivors everywhere are searching for information, inspiration, and most importantly, for hope.  
From the desk of Father Rubey
Friday, January 01, 2016 by Father Rubey
As we begin a new year survivors for the most part are glad that the holidays are over and all of the decorations can come down and people can settle into a new year. The Christmas carols are over for another nine or ten months and no more Christmas cards and no more feasting on the rich foods of the holidays. The New Year’s resolution can be observed for a few more weeks and then people can settle into the year 2016.