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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.
Our Grief and Our Children
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 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.

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Child’s Mind Grief: Processing Suicide Losses with Younger Children
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
This article is inspired by the presence and thoughtfulness of your younger children, aged two to ten, who have received services in the LOSS Program for Children and Youth. At its inception, our clinicians with considerable background in child therapy could not anticipate the extent and depth to which we would witness the young as they opened themselves to the work of grief. When we consider the universality of grief, how readily do we think of it as an active mind and body process with the potential to advance development in young children? When we make space in our minds for young children to respond uninhibitedly to their experience, we do see them grow.
Reading How We Grieve; Relearning the World by Thomas Attig.
Sunday, June 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
When a suicide takes place the world may take on an alien quality for those who are left shaking in the aftermath, and restoration of individual and family life entails change and re-examination of our assumptions about living in the world that may not have been questioned in the past.  The loss propels the survivor into a new, very personal transformation that can mightily challenge the person emotionally, behaviorally, cognitively and spiritually. The world has changed.