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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Friday, February 16, 2018 by Father Ruby
I recently read an article that talked about the issue of “ambush” in the process of the grief journey. By ambush I mean situations where a grieving person is “ambushed” by grief during a routine experience such as grocery shopping.
Telling Children the Truth about Suicide
Friday, February 16, 2018 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
The notion of telling children about the suicide of their parent or sibling usually evokes a sense of dread. We want to protect our children.

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From the Desk of Deborah Major
Saturday, March 01, 2014 by Deborah Major
Suicide’s unexpected and violent intrusion into our life space throws everything up in the air, the way we imagine an unexpected explosion might propel objects out and away from its central force. Cherished beliefs about oneself, the future, and how the world is supposed to operate are suddenly called into question. Nothing is as we thought. Everything feels unstable, chaotic, random, and unjust; at least in the beginning of the grief journey. This is where many survivors find themselves when we first meet them in our support groups. We suggest that LOSS members come back to the groups for as long as it feels helpful, regardless of how long that is, because in these groups you will find yourself among a nurturing network of other survivors, at varying distances from their loss. It is not unusual to meet in the same monthly group new survivors whose loss was barely three months ago, together with those whose loss occurred one, two, four, seven years ago and beyond. We have heard from new survivors that it can be frightening to enter the room and find group members whose loss was many years ago. We think this fear comes from assuming that the survivor whose loss occurred ten years ago feels the same way as the person whose loss occurred three months ago. This is rarely, if ever, the case. People return year after year because they have something to contribute to others and also because there is something present in the circle that they came to receive.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, February 03, 2014 by Father Rubey
An aspect of life after a suicide are the new friends that survivors meet at support groups for people who are also grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. It is often said people meet some of the nicest people that they never wanted to meet when they meet these new friends at a support group. The bond that is formed results from the commonality of losing a loved one from suicide. As time goes on the fact of the suicide that initially bonded these new friends fades as the friendship grows. There is a comfort level with survivors that they do not have to pretend anything because these new friends know exactly what the feelings are that result from losing a loved one from suicide.