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Father Loss: Girls and Grief
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
I’ve been reflecting on the collective body of children’s grief work from which I’ve been privileged to learn in our LOSS Program for Children and Youth. It has been over six years now. Young people stay to talk over varying lengths of time from weeks to months to years. There are so many intervening variables that affect the grief work of a young person, and also some tricky consequences of parental loss that I have become aware of as a result of watching the development of bereaved children and teens. Sometimes I like to share my impressions and questions. Girls seem to stay involved with expressive grief work longer than boys do. Maybe this is because I am a female therapist, or maybe it has something to do with the relational sensitivities that we associate more often with females even from a young age. Whatever the causal factors, today I am writing primarily about my experience with father bereaved girls, but it opens to broader questions about identity development for daughters who lose fathers and sons who lose mothers. Make no mistake, boys can be sensitive too, and certainly experience consequences of parental loss. I do see this, but it is fair to qualify that most of my impressions at this time stem from my counseling relationships with girls whose fathers have died from suicide. And father loss does stand out in the counseling program’s history because men die from suicide at a significantly greater rate than do women.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Father Ruby
The great American holiday is celebrated on the 4th of July. This is a day when we commemorate the event when our Founding Leaders fought to throw off the shackles of an oppressive regime. These people fought and many of them died in order to create a more humane environment. While our country is not perfect it certainly enables all of us to live free and have many opportunities to live out our dreams and pursue our goals. For this we give thanks that out Founding Leaders had the courage and the foresight to follow their dreams and aspirations. They created an environment and produced a road map that we follow to this day. Our country has gotten better over the centuries as our leaders have perfected and refined the original documents that gave our country its beginning. Our country has evolved since the first shots were fired and the shackles were thrown off.

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From the Desk of Jessica Mead
Saturday, October 01, 2016 by Jessica Mead
Surviving a loss by suicide is one of the most traumatic and devastating things that a person should never have to experience. It is the ultimate shock that can cause not only grave emotional and psychological pain but physical symptoms also. I have known many LOSS members who experience medical issues as the result of a loss. We no longer feel like ourselves and wonder if we will ever regain some of those pieces again. Sometimes our family members can become frustrated, waiting for that old person to return.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, September 01, 2016 by Father Rubey
In September, we celebrate Labor Day and that has unofficially become the end of the summer months. Students return to school to begin another year of learning and engaging in the rigors of the academic challenges, no matter what level be it grammar school, high school or university or graduate school. Overall, the summer vacation time has ended. The wonderful trips are fond memories and daily life becomes routine and people settle into the various jobs or vocations that are a part of all of our lives. Very often, there is a feeling of letdown as we begin another part of the year of shorter days and bracing ourselves for the prospect of winter and bundling up to ward off the cold that is a part of the Midwest. There is also an emotional letdown as everyone engages in the schedule of work and the rigors of a schedule where there might not be a lot of down time and relaxation as there was during the summer months. People engage in the humdrum of work and not a lot of time to socialize.