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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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Intrusive Images in Children After Suicide
Thursday, October 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
When a parent is faced with the task of telling children that a sibling or a parent has died by suicide, there is usually a sense of dread and heartbreak.  The parent is overwhelmed with the loss and its circumstances.  How is it possible to expect a child or teen, in innocence, to make sense of a loved one’s suicide?  We must start with a compassionate explanation for this manner of death; one that flies in the face of the great stigma attached to suicide that blames the person who died. 
Our Grief and Our Children
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Families are little systems that respond to change on inter-related levels.    Think of suicide loss within a family as producing seismic change.  While individual elements of our lives have survived the loss, such as other loved ones, home, car and job, they may no longer seem familiar.  In fact, the world we knew before the loss may now seem meaningless, even alien.  We find ourselves searching for something to ground us, something that feels solid and comforting in the midst of shock and instability.  When our core assumptions about life, reality, safety, family and future have been annihilated by the suicide of a spouse or a child, the desperation and trauma we experience can touch our children, even with strong efforts to care for them and maintain normal routines.