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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Father Ruby
In one of the recent LOSS support groups participants found themselves talking about the impact of stigma they experienced in the wake of their loved one’s deaths. Our groups are intended to be a safe place for survivors to meet others and talk about any struggles they are experiencing. There are many things that make suicide more painful and disorienting for those left behind, and one of those things is the experience of stigma.
Private Grief Stories
Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Private Grief Stories
On 9/11/17 I was watching speeches and ceremony regarding America’s evolving grief in the wake of its huge loss of life on 9/11/01. The anniversary events were beautifully intentional, formal and moving. I thought about Emily Dickenson’s verse: “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.” And I couldn’t help but think about our LOSS families. Is it odd that I might connect those experiencing the devastation of suicide loss with this grand scale, national observation of lost lives and collective meaning?

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When Teens Grieve a Sibling’s Suicide
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow, LCSW, MSE and Deborah Major, PhD, LCSW
Family systems are often initially paralyzed by the suicide death of a child, with parents being the primary focus of grief support, as suicide grief literature has identified the loss of a child as among the most devastating for the parents. A study on sibling suicide bereavement for children who are still at home identify these children and adolescents as “the forgotten bereaved,” where “necessary help is impeded due to the extraordinary experience, leaving siblings outside the circle of friends and parental grief community” (Dyregrov & Dyregrov, 2005).
From the Desk of...Father Jakubik
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Father Jakubik
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Fr. Richard Jakubik, a therapist at the Holbrook Counseling Center. I am honored to also be a part of the LOSS team at Catholic Charities. For the past few months, I have met with survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide. Many survivors share with me how the aftermath of their loved one’s suicide wore them down mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The survivors, expressing their deep emotional pain, ask the most heart-wrenching questions of “why?”