Get Help Now!  (312) 655-7700
  For Rent or Utility Assistance Click Here!

Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter Visit us on YouTube Follow us Visit us on Twitter Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Instagram Visit us on YouTube Visit us on LinkedIn

Newsletters & Articles


LOSS Program Office
721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Main Line: (312) 655-7283
Fax Line: (312) 948-3340

Featured this Month:

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?

Archives:

From Father Rubey - August 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 by Father Chareles T. Rubey
As we move into August the “summer doldrums” set in. I don’t think that people tire of summer but it is more like people get used to the summer months. Most look forward to the summer and longer days and warm weather. Now that we are in August the newness of the summer and the anticipation has worn off and we are spending the last month of the summer enjoying the last vestiges of the season. Come September we anticipate autumn and the winter. During August we make the most of family outings and barbecues because these events will soon come to an end for another year. Our lives move on.
Is my Child Grieving?
Monday, July 01, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
I often talk with new LOSS members who are parents with children at home. They are clearly reaching out for direction and support, still shell-shocked perhaps months later, but responding to a sense that they need to make sure their kids are okay. I may hear, “She doesn’t seem to be grieving. How can I tell?” These parents have no problem recognizing their own grief. Clearly, attending to each day is an effort. They struggle with emotional absence where their children are concerned. They are able to talk about the new imbalance in their physical and emotional systems. They describe “waves” of grief, in which they feel overwhelmed with grief and sadness. Their children and teens, on the other hand, appear to have shown only initial sadness, but life still engages them. They play video games, watch TV, do homework, see friends, yet the parent senses that their child has also been changed by the loss. So parents wonder if it is normal when their child appears unchanged.