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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Friday, January 26, 2018 by Father Ruby
The month of February brings Valentine’s Day to the calendar and with that day there are a lot of conflicted emotions. For people grieving a death from suicide there can be a missing card from that dear one who found life so painful. Valentine’s Day is all about love and strong feelings towards loved ones.
Friday, January 26, 2018 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Moving into 2018 many of us recognize a milestone. It can mean endurance, affirmation of the loss after struggling with the reality of it, opening to another year of the void, and for some who have stayed with grief for a longer period of time, it might mean new goals for the reconstruction of life. As a LOSS counselor one of the first questions I hear adults ask is, “How long will I be in so much pain?”


Exploring Transformation after Loss
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
In witnessing the courageous grief work of so many adolescents and adults, I draw inspiration. Suicide loss can be counted as an immense, life-changing event for which no one is prepared. Such a fundamental loss means change, within and without, for the surviving person, couple and family. How can we enter into a compulsory change process productively?  How do we address our grief within a marriage or family system when our grief response has such a powerful impact on those who depend on us? 
When Teens Grieve a Sibling’s Suicide
Sunday, January 01, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW & Deborah Major, PhD, LCSW
Family systems are often initially paralyzed by the suicide death of a child, with parents being the primary focus of grief support, as suicide grief literature has identified the loss of a child as among the most devastating for parents.   A 2005 study on sibling suicide bereavement for children who are still at home identify these children and adolescents as “the forgotten bereaved,” where  “necessary help is impeded due to the extraordinary experience leaving siblings outside the circle of friends and parental grief community”  (Dyregrov  &  Dyregrov, 2005).