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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Father Ruby
In one of the recent LOSS support groups participants found themselves talking about the impact of stigma they experienced in the wake of their loved one’s deaths. Our groups are intended to be a safe place for survivors to meet others and talk about any struggles they are experiencing. There are many things that make suicide more painful and disorienting for those left behind, and one of those things is the experience of stigma.
Private Grief Stories
Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Private Grief Stories
On 9/11/17 I was watching speeches and ceremony regarding America’s evolving grief in the wake of its huge loss of life on 9/11/01. The anniversary events were beautifully intentional, formal and moving. I thought about Emily Dickenson’s verse: “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.” And I couldn’t help but think about our LOSS families. Is it odd that I might connect those experiencing the devastation of suicide loss with this grand scale, national observation of lost lives and collective meaning?

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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.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, September 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
I recently read an article that dealt with creativity and the gist of the main theme of the article was that in many instances there can be two opposing people or factors that come together and make a very successful product or movement. The author cited Paul McCartney and John Lennon as one example; Paul McCartney was very meticulous while John Lennon was chaotic. They each brought their talents to the table and were able to create some of the greatest songs in the twentieth century. Their different approaches were blended and the end results were masterpieces in the entertainment world.