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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.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Father Ruby
Oftentimes I have heard from people surviving a death from suicide that their souls seem dead. This crushing blow has literally deadened one’s spirit. All around survivors the world goes on but for the survivor the world has come to a crashing halt. The world has stopped and unfortunately survivors cannot get off.

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When Teens Grieve a Sibling’s Suicide
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow, LCSW, MSE and Deborah Major, PhD, LCSW
Family systems are often initially paralyzed by the suicide death of a child, with parents being the primary focus of grief support, as suicide grief literature has identified the loss of a child as among the most devastating for the parents. A study on sibling suicide bereavement for children who are still at home identify these children and adolescents as “the forgotten bereaved,” where “necessary help is impeded due to the extraordinary experience, leaving siblings outside the circle of friends and parental grief community” (Dyregrov & Dyregrov, 2005).
From the Desk of...Father Jakubik
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Father Jakubik
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Fr. Richard Jakubik, a therapist at the Holbrook Counseling Center. I am honored to also be a part of the LOSS team at Catholic Charities. For the past few months, I have met with survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide. Many survivors share with me how the aftermath of their loved one’s suicide wore them down mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The survivors, expressing their deep emotional pain, ask the most heart-wrenching questions of “why?”