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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
Thursday, January 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
Now that the holidays have come to an end, members of the LOSS family breathe a big sigh of relief that the decorations can come down and the grief journey can continue. The holidays are generally a very stressful time because there is so much gaiety and cheerfulness, and survivors of a suicide are almost forced to put on the “happy face”. It is very difficult to get through the holidays with such a heavy heart.
How Memories Age
Monday, December 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
The young children in our grief program often struggle with recalling memories of the loved one they lost to suicide. They might say that they remember places, behaviors, or activities that occurred on a regular basis with their loved one, but too often the memories are vague. We know that when children as young as four or five remember the fancy rims on Papa’s wheels, or that father tossed them playfully in the air, or an older brother played soccer and wore a particular kind of hat, they have locked on to something that stands out and carries significance.