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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Father Rubey
In June we celebrate Father’s Day which is a day set aside to honor our fathers or grandfathers. It can be a very painful day for those fathers who are grieving the loss of a child or grandchild from suicide. It is also a painful day for those people who are grieving the loss of a father or a grandfather from suicide. In the past there were gifts to be bought and cards to be sent and now that that key person has completed suicide there is a huge void that can never be filled by anyone. It is very important that the day be observed and the void be addressed and not to pretend that everything is the same. It is not and it never will be.
Adolescence and the Grief Process
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
As a grief therapist in the LOSS Program for Children and Youth, I have the privilege to reflect on the active and diverse grief processes that teens have shared with me after experiencing a suicide loss.  The skills that teens bring to the grief experience are unpredictable based on age, and what each individual does with grief reflects various levels of engagement with a painful, yet often enriching process.