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Marriage and Loss
Sunday, February 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
We like to hope that a profound loss like the suicide of ones’ child might help a couple to grow closer as they survive the loss together, but we know that some marriages have failed in the wake of such loss. What are the dynamics that might threaten the intimacy and safety of a marriage when a couple meets with profound grief?   Not only is each parent changed by the loss of the child, but the marriage is permanently altered.  New meanings and ways of life may be forged.   Each individual will journey through the agonizing and difficult feelings related to the loss, and each person will have to deal with how the other has changed.  Because families are systems, everything affects everything.  The balances that we achieve through roles and patterns of interdependence contribute to our identities and to the assumptions we form about life as we know it.  After the child’s suicide, this is all stripped away.  Each aspect of family structure is likely to be reconsidered as the survival work begins.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Sunday, February 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
During this month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and this can be a very painful day for people grieving the loss of a loved one from suicide. The symbol for this day is the heart, which is a symbol for the love that people have for one another. If someone is grieving the death of a spouse, partner, fiancée, parent, child or anyone else for whom there is a bond of love, this is an especially painful day because there is not a Valentine’s card from this special person. Survivors can feel betrayed because of the death from suicide.