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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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Adolescence and the Grief Process
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
As a grief therapist in the LOSS Program for Children and Youth, I have the privilege to reflect on the active and diverse grief processes that teens have shared with me after experiencing a suicide loss.  The skills that teens bring to the grief experience are unpredictable based on age, and what each individual does with grief reflects various levels of engagement with a painful, yet often enriching process.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Friday, May 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
You may never have heard of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who recently completed a climb in Yosemite National Park. They scaled the Dawn Wall in Yosemite which is considered the most treacherous climb in the world. I followed their progress as it was reported in the newspaper. I was fascinated by their dedication and their tenacity as they persevered to reach their goal. At the end of the climb one of them remarked that everyone in life has a Dawn Wall to scale.