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How to Survive the Holidays after a Suicide
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Jessica Hutchison
The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who have been touched by suicide. For me, the holidays are a reminder of my own dad’s suicide. I will never forget the phone conversation I had with my dad the night before Thanksgiving, 2011. He wasn’t himself; something just wasn’t right. While a month would pass before his life ended, I often consider that night to be the turning point in his life.
A Resource for Rebuilding your Family after the Death of a Loved One, Book Review
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After the death of a spouse or a child a family is consumed by the steps necessary to find stability. Sometimes, when a bereaved parent reviews the past, they will see that there has not been a sense of family stability for a long time. Suicide is sometimes preceded with a history of mental health crises and behavioral reactions that disrupt family life.

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From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Father Rubey
I recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate one of our monthly grief support groups. Fully half of the group members were totally new to LOSS, having lost their loved ones to suicide just a couple of months ago. Many different relationship losses were represented and the ages of those who had died reached across the life span. Some group members had prior awareness of their loved one’s struggles and vulnerabilities, while others had absolutely no idea that this tragedy could ever be a possibility in their family. And while they told different stories of their loved ones’ path to suicide, they shared similar concerns and questions. I imagine that some were also wrestling with questions or doubts that they may not have wanted to voice, yet.
What My Grief is Like
Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
After a suicide, or any sudden death, we often feel naive about what to expect regarding our grief responses.