New Book Helps Those Grieving the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 by Communications

Father Charles Rubey, founder and director of The Catholic Charities Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) program, recently published a compilation of his writings through the years. The book, Seasons of Grief, shares suggestions for navigating the emotions and traditions of the holidays and seasons while grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.

“I had been encouraged for years to write a book,” said Father Rubey. “Thousands of people have been supported through the LOSS Program groups and our monthly newsletter, the Obelisk. This book is another way we are able to provide comfort and help to heal the wounds caused when a person loses someone to suicide.”

The hard cover coffee table style book is $35 and available for purchase online at or by calling (312) 655-7282. In addition to Father Rubey’s writings through the decades, it includes photos of survivors taken by Joan Malina, a LOSS Program member, at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk in Chicago.

Seasons of Grief walks a reader through a difficult year of suicide grief with Father Rubey and others. The book uncovers the multiple dimensions of grief and offers practical insights into coping with the anguish. Quotes and stories throughout the book from those who have lost loved ones to suicide offer the reader courage and peace.

In 1979 Father Rubey founded the LOSS Program at Catholic Charities at the request of three families who had lost loved ones to suicide. Each month he would send out a letter of encouragement and counseling to participants in the program. The letter evolved to a multi-page monthly newsletter including a monthly column from Father Rubey in which he would share his thoughts and support to LOSS Program members. The newsletter, Obelisk, continues today.

Father Rubey’s column has touched the lives of so many grieving survivors as they try to heal and celebrate the memories of their loved ones. His monthly newsletter column has been seen as a beacon of hope to many who found his writings insightful and thoughtful, offering a new way to look at their loss throughout the year without diminishing their valid feelings of sadness and anger.

In 2019, the LOSS Program celebrates 40 years of providing help and support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. This program, the first of its kind in the country, has received international recognition including from the World Health Organization.

For more information about the LOSS Program or the Seasons of Grief book, please visit


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