And all subsided in the hush
that followed, in the calm
of great wings folding
and shadowy forms lying down.
I rose and left that room,
the house of my grief
and my bondage, my book
never again to be opened.
To see as once I saw,
steadied by the darkness
in which I walked
and would make my way.
2017 Messages from the Center
Dear Friend of the Center for Grief Recovery:
As this year of national and global tumult shudders to a close, each of us at the Center for Grief Recovery finds ourselves increasingly called to reflect upon our collective history, our present, and our future as a resource for the community through every season of our lives. Recently, I and our Director David Fireman were remarking on my recent four-year anniversary as a Center psychotherapist, and David asked me about my own impressions of my time thus far with the Center.
Indeed, when I joined the CFGR family in November 2013, I couldn't have predicted that the Center was at the cusp of a period of remarkable organizational growth and transformation. In 2015 the Center celebrated our 30 year anniversary, a milestone that encouraged us to closely consider our founding mission as well as our collective vision for the future. In Spring 2016, our dear neighbors at New Leaf Natural Grocery decided to close up shop, and we collectively mourned the departure of this neighborhood stalwart that had provided good, healthy provisions and bonhomie for over a decade. However, a couple months later this loss also afforded the Center the opportunity to expand next door into the now-empty space. Adding to the cozy corner suite at 1263 West Loyola Avenue that we had called our own for decades, we were now able to build two fresh new therapist offices and a beautiful, bright training space in 1261 West Loyola. Within this space, we have been able to host participants in our ongoing Healing Our Losses grief therapy groups--and this year we have also begun to share our knowledge and experience with other professionals in the field through our new Continuing Education training and workshop series. Along the way, we expanded our team with the welcome additions of two gifted mental health practitioners, Elizabeth Cerven, LCPC, and Meg Eifreg, LCPC (thereby also doubling the number of Megs on staff at the Center!).
In this time of long, dark nights, as much as ever we find ourselves in need of institutions that acknowledge and validate human suffering, actively support individual and collective healing, and light the way toward fuller compassion and understanding toward our neighbors and our fullest selves. I am so proud to be a part of the Center for Grief Recovery, an institution that has maintained these core values for over three decades. I hope you'll join me in supporting the Center as we continue to challenge ourselves to find new ways to support our clients and community, both locally and more broadly, in this and every coming season.
With warm holiday wishes,
Meg Kelleher, LCSW
Dear Friends of the Center for Grief Recovery:
This past year our mission to empower individuals to heal their own lives has been put to the test. From the larger geo-political and national issues to our very own neighborhood, we've been confronted with trials traumas of all kinds. And yet, we have also witnessed resilience in action as many people have adapted well to the adversities they/we face. One such example was a collaboration the Center initiated with Waldorf school in Rogers Park after one of their beloved teachers was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting. Working together with their faculty and teachers, we were able to assist them through the shock and destabilizing effects of sudden loss and develop plans for working with the students and families as they returned to school.
The Center is committed to our therapeutic work on the micro and macro levels. Our efforts remain fixed on helping our individual clients in the context of Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling, and we have expanded our services to include community outreach as well as continuing education for professional development.
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we keep our doors open to as many in need as we can serve. Our clients (individuals and organizations) represent a cross-section of people socially, ethnically, economically, and religiously. Many of them cannot afford to pay for our services and/or do not have insurance. To defray these costs we have created a scholarship fund. As the year comes to an end, please consider contributing any amount to our scholarship fund. Our goal is to raise enough money to carry many clients through this next year. Please make your tax deductible donation to the Center by clicking on this link and following the instructions.
The Center presents the second in a series of professional development workshops. Please join us in our newly remodeled office suite for this exciting CEU sponsored event! Click here for details:
www.continuingeducationpartner.com. Download flyer here
The Center Expands Again! Please join us in welcoming Megan Kelleher, LCSW who comes to us with wonderfully empathic presence, and a broad range of helping skills. You can learn more about her by visiting our Therapists section or clicking on this link.
Community Walk for Grief Support: Celebrating 25 Years of Transformation
The Center celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a fund raiser walk in Rogers Park, Chicago on June 4. [read more]
New interview on ideas for what to say and do to support the bereaved, by the Center's Meg Kelleher, LCSW.[read here]
Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away.[read more]
Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU)[read more]
You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]
Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]
Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider:[read more]
The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]