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Helping Young Children Build Their Story of The LOSS
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
Working with the youngest children after the suicide of their sibling or parent is not easy, but the potential for healing is gratifying, and can have far-reaching consequences for their emotional development. Grief work with children between the ages of three and five is more challenging because they tend to occupy the moment.  It is work for them to mentally move backward and forward in time, and to put words to the thoughts that are necessary for a narrative, a story that explains the loss.  Besides the limitations of early childhood development, a bereaved child is likely to be stressed, fatigued or coping with caregiving or housing changes, in addition to the sudden absence of the loved one.  The suicide-bereaved child will create narrative in disconnected pieces.  These story fragments don’t seem to quiet the need to understand the absence for very long, so grief work will be intermittent in the context of the child’s daily life.
From the Desk of Father Rubey……
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
You may have noticed that other members of the LOSS staff have periodically been writing the “From the Desk of….” column. In the upcoming year, Father Rubey will continue to write his articles but you will also see various LOSS staff offering their perspective on grief in the aftermath of suicide. Many of you have asked if Father Rubey is okay or if he is retiring, and we just wanted to let you know that he is healthy and very much still a part of the program. The LOSS program is trying something different and we thank you for your understanding and support!