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Grief and Family Development
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
A young sensitive teen girl was struck, along with her mother and older siblings, by the suicide death of Robin Williams.  She had grown up with him of course, as he was her Aladdin’s genie and Mrs. Doubtfire.  He was in Night at the Museum and Happy Feet and more.  And he was her beloved father’s favorite comedian.  As she watched the coverage and absorbed his loss to not only the world, but to his clan of intimates, wives and children, she related the loss to that of her own family when her father died from suicide. It might have been so much fun for Robin Williams’ children to have him for a father with his amazing antics, humor and warmth.  And she adored her own father for his witty charm and humor, his love of dancing and dedication to his family, his coaching and his church.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Father Rubey
During the month of October Halloween has become a major holiday, second only to Christmas for decorations around people’s homes and in their yards.  It is also a time when there are all sorts of ghoulish figures that are supposed to scare people. It is also a situation that can be viewed as in poor taste for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. People erect fake cemeteries with tombstones that are supposed to be humorous, but for survivors of a suicide these are painful reminders of the final resting place for dear loved ones who found life too painful to continue living. There are also all types of dummies hanging from trees and this is a painful reminder for those survivors whose loved ones died from hanging. This is anything but funny for those survivors. My suggestion during this time of the year is to be prepared to have the pain of suicide stirred up as a result of decorations that are meant to be humorous, but that are quite offensive for those who are survivors of suicide.