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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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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Sunday, February 1, 2015 by Father Rubey
During this month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and this can be a very painful day for people grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. The symbol for this day is the heart, which is a symbol for the love that people have for one another. If someone is grieving the death of a spouse, partner, fiancée, parent, child or anyone else for whom there is a bond of love, this is an especially painful day because there is not a Valentine’s card from this special person. Survivors can feel betrayed because of the death from suicide.
Presence and Absence: Grieving the Relationship
Thursday, January 1, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
It is difficult to think of anything more personal than grief.  After a suicide, the essence of the unique relationship we had with the person who died is mourned like nothing else.   We feel inextricably tied to the deceased, but the absence is everywhere.  What was familiar may now feel strange without the anchoring presence of the person who died.  The grief process is so powerful and difficult partly because we grapple with the reality of the absence when our attachment and expectation for presence of the person who died is still charged and active.