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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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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
The month of July is a great month for summer get togethers and barbecues. It is right in the middle of summer and we remember our nation’s founding. There are fireworks and all sorts of different ways to remember the birth of our wonderful country. Our heroes fought for our freedom and they accomplished it at great sacrifice and at great costs. We should all be forever grateful for what they did for us. 
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
In June we celebrate Father’s Day which is a day set aside to honor our fathers or grandfathers. It can be a very painful day for those fathers who are grieving the loss of a child or grandchild from suicide. It is also a painful day for those people who are grieving the loss of a father or a grandfather from suicide. In the past there were gifts to be bought and cards to be sent and now that that key person has completed suicide there is a huge void that can never be filled by anyone. It is very important that the day be observed and the void be addressed and not to pretend that everything is the same. It is not and it never will be.