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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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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.