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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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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 1, 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.