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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 Jessica Mead
Saturday, August 01, 2015 by Jessica Mead
As a clinician with the LOSS program, I have met dozens of survivors of suicide, heard many stories of tragedy and loss, and sat with numerous individuals experiencing gut-wrenching sadness, many people trying to figure out if life is worth living again. Some people ask how we (LOSS therapists) can hear these awful stories and find this work tolerable?  I tell people that work we do at LOSS is incredibly meaningful; people get better and I have met some of the most courageous, kind and wonderful people in the process. Most survivors that I see in grief counseling do get better and go on to live very fulfilling and meaningful lives. As grief counselors, we walk with individuals as they process through the phases of grief. We get to be part of the process to help the survivors reconstruct parts of who they are and assist them to re-engage in their life. 
Honesty with Children about Suicide
Saturday, August 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Most surviving caregivers question whether telling children about the suicide aspect of their loved one’s death is the right thing to do.  We believe that sharing the fact that their loved one’s death was caused by suicide offers children a beginning piece of their grief work.  Not communicating this information as soon as they can comprehend this manner of death puts them at risk for discovering it later in a context that may be unhelpful and that can evoke anger and dismay at having been deceived.  When you talk with your child, make sure that you have the time to focus on them, to emotionally support and nurture them.   Limit the information to what they need and don’t include disturbing details that can add trauma to their processing.