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From the Desk of Father Rubey
3 days ago by Father Ruby
During the month of October we celebrate two rather different events in our history. The first one is Columbus Day when we celebrate the man who discovered America.
Restoring Family Stability after a Suicide
3 days ago by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
Every family has various needs for structure. As they grow, families will create the rules and routines that support their ability to function. We know that families have different resources and various amounts of structure supporting day-to-day living, but if they have inadequate structure and routine for too long there can be emotional and behavioral reactions.

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Imagine a grieving ten year old child trying to understand the suicide of a family member. Sometimes, this conversation is necessary with a child as young as seven. When we recall the complexity of an adult’s reach to comprehend a loved one’s death as a result of mental illness, we may appreciate the ways in which a child is emotionally and cognitively undeveloped to approach this subject. Yet, children’s grief experts encourage honesty with children about a suicide death. In the LOSS Program for Children and Youth, we suggest a conversation about suicide when the child is at a developmental level that grasps an understanding that death is biological and irreversible. The child is included in this special grief process at an age that allows them to incrementally process the loss with those they love and trust. Over time, we can prepare our children to advocate for themselves and the person who died with courage and compassion.
From Father Rubey - July 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013 by Father Charles T. Rubey
In the course of a year we see hundreds of survivors in different contexts. Some of you are seen in monthly or weekly support groups offered throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Some are seen privately in individual counseling; others are seen with children in family counseling. Still others are seen at special events, at walks and golf outings that you tirelessly organize to raise awareness of suicide, or to provide much needed support for the LOSS Program. A great many of you we see only once each year at our Blossoms of Hope Brunch, an annual opportunity to join together to celebrate the lives of those we have lost, and importantly, to celebrate your determination to reinvent your lives and to find new meaning for what lies ahead.