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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.

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Honesty with Children about Suicide
Saturday, August 1, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Most surviving caregivers question whether telling children about the suicide aspect of their loved one’s death is the right thing to do.  We believe that sharing the fact that their loved one’s death was caused by suicide offers children a beginning piece of their grief work.  Not communicating this information as soon as they can comprehend this manner of death puts them at risk for discovering it later in a context that may be unhelpful and that can evoke anger and dismay at having been deceived.  When you talk with your child, make sure that you have the time to focus on them, to emotionally support and nurture them.   Limit the information to what they need and don’t include disturbing details that can add trauma to their processing. 
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, July 1, 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.