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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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Grief and Family Development
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
A young sensitive teen girl was struck, along with her mother and older siblings, by the suicide death of Robin Williams.  She had grown up with him of course, as he was her Aladdin’s genie and Mrs. Doubtfire.  He was in Night at the Museum and Happy Feet and more.  And he was her beloved father’s favorite comedian.  As she watched the coverage and absorbed his loss to not only the world, but to his clan of intimates, wives and children, she related the loss to that of her own family when her father died from suicide. It might have been so much fun for Robin Williams’ children to have him for a father with his amazing antics, humor and warmth.  And she adored her own father for his witty charm and humor, his love of dancing and dedication to his family, his coaching and his church.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
During the month of October Halloween has become a major holiday, second only to Christmas for decorations around people’s homes and in their yards.  It is also a time when there are all sorts of ghoulish figures that are supposed to scare people. It is also a situation that can be viewed as in poor taste for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. People erect fake cemeteries with tombstones that are supposed to be humorous, but for survivors of a suicide these are painful reminders of the final resting place for dear loved ones who found life too painful to continue living. There are also all types of dummies hanging from trees and this is a painful reminder for those survivors whose loved ones died from hanging. This is anything but funny for those survivors. My suggestion during this time of the year is to be prepared to have the pain of suicide stirred up as a result of decorations that are meant to be humorous, but that are quite offensive for those who are survivors of suicide.