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Listening to Young Children’s Grief
Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
The grief responses of parentally bereaved pre-school aged children can be easy to overlook. They are very oriented to the present, see death as reversible and their separation distress is expressed in brief episodes. Affection and attentive caregiving go a long way for bereaved children. In previous articles we have talked about the importance of attunement of the caregiver to the child’s temperament, the necessity of routine, relaxation and play, and supporting the child’s continued development. Yet, even with the essential stable base, a grieving young child’s needs may be more complex than simply coping with absence. Sometimes, children struggle with grief challenges that are tied to their particular relationship with the deceased parent, and the nature of that relationship can influence their interpretation of the parent’s sudden absence.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Father Ruby
In June, we set aside a day to honor our fathers. It is a day where we buy a gift or do something special for our fathers. The traditional gifts that fathers are given on this day range from a shirt, a tie or something for the toolbox, or something else manly. Those gifts are contrasted with the gifts we give to our mother – flowers, a box of candy or something more feminine. The cards are different. Very often a Father’s Day card has a scene that is something from the outdoors or something that is masculine as opposed to the cards that we have for our mothers. Even the messages very often lack the warmth and the care that it has in cards that are meant for our mothers. The biggest day of the year for cemetery visitation is Mother’s Day. Why not Father’s Day?

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Managing Traumatic Bereavement
Friday, July 01, 2016 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
In May some of our LOSS clinicians attended a conference devoted to the impact on survivors of sudden death or traumatic bereavement. We were moved by the seriousness of the subject because it has so much relevance for families who have experienced a suicide loss.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by Father Rubey
In June we celebrate Father’s Day which is a day set aside to honor fathers in a very special way. It is a painful day for those fathers who have lost a child to suicide, for those children who have lost a father, a grandfather or a father figure. Such a day is filled with a void because that person is not here to be honored and there is pain or possibly guilt because those survivors might feel that they let this man down while he was alive or have regrets that the survivors could have been kinder and more loving towards this father, grandfather or child. With this death the time to be demonstrative of love and affection is over and the guilt or regret take over to torture the survivors.