Friday, April 12, 2013
It can be hard to know what to do when someone you know loses a loved one to suicide—or needs help himself. The executive director of Suicide Prevention Services offers some advice.
Suicide can be a difficult topic to broach. But the conversations surrounding a death such as the one that occurred Thursday in La Grange can be an important part of the healing, said Stephanie Weber, executive director of Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia. “It shouldn’t be a stigma,” she said. “It shouldn’t be a secret.” When you know someone who has been directly impacted by the death, such as a family member or close friend, Weber said to first approach the person by giving him or her a hug and saying, “I am so sorry for your loss.” Then offer some concrete help, whether it’s bringing over a home-cooked meal or giving them a ride as they make arrangements. And simply let them talk. “Listen to them,” Weber said. “Listen to them talk…
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a Chicago woman whose vehicle was struck by a Metra train on Friday in La Grange, a suicide. La Grange police say they are still investigating.
The Cook Country Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a Chicago woman whose vehicle was struck by a Metra work train on Friday evening a suicide. Maria Hinojosa, 57, of the 3000 block of Keeler Ave. in Chicago, was killed when a Metra train carrying crew members, but no passengers, struck her vehicle while it was stopped on the tracks at the Gilbert Avenue crossing in La Grange at about 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 10. La Grange police said on Monday that the accident was still under investigation and they did not yet know why her car was on the tracks. Police Chief Michael Holub said the car did not appear to be stuck on the tracks, but that the investigation was ongoing. "I’m very surprised [the medical examiner's office] has made …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Study looks at deaths over six year span in suburban Chicago. La Grange ranks second in the study for fatalities.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
With six train related fatalities spanning six years, a Northwestern University study ranks La Grange as the second riskiest municipality for train-related fatalities in the Chicago area. The study examines death by trains from 2004-2010. The study includes municipalities with a population of at least 10,000 and looks at Metra, freight and Amtrak train deaths. The study looked at 260 deaths in 257 collisions between trains and people walking or riding bicycles. Most were on foot, with nine on bicycle. The study does not include deaths by trains colliding with cars during that same period — 29. In La Grange two of the fatalities were suicides and two were due to individuals trespassing on rail lines.Two people were killed at train stations …