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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.


Our Grief and Our Children
Tuesday, September 1, 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.  
From the Desk of Jessica Mead
Saturday, August 1, 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.