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.
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Grief Counseling and Support for Children and Parents Resources in the Chicago Area
Children and Parents Dealing with Loss Resources
1st Presbyterian of Evanston
1-847-864-9133 x. 233
Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center of the Institute for Psychoanalysis
Where grieving kids can go for help.
Whether grieving the death of a parent or sibling, or dealing with divorce, abandonment or a parent’s imprisonment, children now have a choice of places to go for help. “No child is ever turned away”
Benjamin Garber, Clinical director
The Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Satellite clinics at Highland Park, Swedish Covenant and Little Company of Mary Hospitals. Payment on a sliding scale.
Family-based bereavement program, children ages 4-18. Time-limited groups for children and surviving parent. Monthly ongoing groups, 2nd Monday of each month.
1023 W. Burlington
Western Springs (10 miles west of Chicago).
Interfaith groups welcome. No fee.
Chaplain Jan McCabe
Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center
4500 N. Winchester
Chicago, IL 60640
773 878-4300, Ext. 4400
Children's Grief Education Association (CGEA)
The Children's Grief Education Association offers college-accredited continuing education about children and grief that is directed toward the education, hospice, volunteer and counseling community.
CGEA's website is full of useful information about children's grief for professionals and families. There are activities for children and teens, too. You are invited to use this free resource and share it with others!
ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S GRIEF EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
The CGEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Denver, Colorado that is dedicated to providing grief education and support to bereaved children, their families and professionals in schools and community organizations through local, national and international outreach and training. Proceeds from our online course help support our website, our pro bono professional support & other work with grieving children.
Navigating Children's Grief: Academic, Behavioral and Emotional Challenges provides basic information about the issues faced by grieving children and training on how to help. The course is also appropriate for grief counselors wishing to sharpen or refresh their skills. The course and associated college credit is available internationally.
Navigating Children's Grief: Academic, Behavioral and Emotional Challenges
10 Contact Hours, 0.5 Graduate Credit through Adams State College, Colorado
Top quality multimedia format, online, ongoing, self-paced! Cost: $119.00
The Compassionate Friends
A nationwide mutual assistance, self-help organization for families who've experienced the death of a child, brother or sister. Call for location nearest you.
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
TOLL FREE: 1-877-969-0010
Chicago Spanish-speaking chapter: Call Eva Hernandez, 312-666-3488
Offers anticipatory & bereavement support for families who've lost a child. SIDS, cancer & AIDS are also addressed. (English & Spanish)
No fees. Interview is required before joining the group. Call for details and locations.
773 975-8829 or 773-880-4309
Hospice of Northeastern Illinois
Children's Grief Support Program for ages 6 through 12. This is not a therapy group, but a group for sharing feelings & thoughts. A Parents' Support Group is offered in conjunction with the childrens' group. Offer “Camp Courage," a Kids’ Bereavement Camp
Maryann Greene, Counselor
410 S. Hager Ave.
Barrington, IL 60010
Lydia Children's Home
Patricia Utigard, Director
4300 W. Irving Park Rd.
(between Pulaski & Cicero)
Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center
Jacalyn Linko, LCSW, Coordinator of Counseling Services
(847) 467-7423 (north suburbs), (708) 283-8150 (south suburbs)
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Neonatal Bereavement Group
Dawn Pepsnik or Betty Cooper
Children's Memorial Hospital
2300 Children's Plaza
Chicago, IL 60614
773-880-4494 or 880-4000
The “Good Mourning Program”, co-sponsored by Lutheran General Childrens' Hospital. Registration required. No fee for groups. Donations appreciated.
Preschool Grief Group: A six-week program for ages 3 to 5 years.
Children's Grief Group: An eight-week program for ages 6 to 12 years.
Teen Group: An eight-week group for ages 13 to 18 years.
Monthly On-Going Groups: For children & adolescents who have lost a parent or sibling.
Special Events: December: Annual holiday-gathering dinner & remembrance service Fall: Annual family camping
Individual counseling available.
444 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068-1427
Offers programs for children & adults in some 700 sites.
Rainbows: for elementary school children
Spectrum: for high school students
2100 Golf Rd.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
SIDS Alliance of Ilinois
Chicagoland Chapter. Call for location nearest to you. 312-987-1177
TLC's Parents Trauma Resource Center
This website is an excellent tool for parents and caregivers to easily find detailed information about grief and trauma, their special concerns, ways to help their children and themselves, activities, books, and much more. PTRC is also an excellent resource for practitioners to use when they need to find specific information to give parents whose children have been traumatized.
Currently, the PTRC is available in English and Spanish.
The Support Center for Perinatal & Childhood Death
Specific programs to help families cope with their grief. Each program has been developed in response to needs identified by parents who have told us what helps.
Sorrelle Stanton, Coordinator
Evanston, IL 60201
The Kristen Hovda Program: Designed to meet the individual needs of families whose child or adolescent has died suddenly or has been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness.
The Sibling Consultation Program: Discussions with parents as well as direct help to surviving siblings who may have unusually complicated reactions to the death of a sister or brother.
The New Mourning Program: Growing Through Grief: The program helps schools & communities become a base of support for children & adolescents when they are confronted with death. The program provides in-service training for teachers, parent workshops, crisis intervention, consultation & printed resource materials.
The Collaboration Education & Training Program: The Support Center staff members work together with other professionals who are involved with bereaved parents. They offer training programs, workshops for hospital staff, community presentations & consultation to other groups & institutions.
Together in the Loss of a Child (TLC)
Call for more information.
Susan Rizzato or Lynn Galuska-Elsen, Facilitator
All types of perinatal loss & early infant death. No charge. Spanish-speaker available. Meets 1st Thursday of every month.
250 E Superior
Urban Balance, LLC
Counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups
180 N Michigan Avenue, Suites 905 & 2222
Chicago, Illinois 60601
2550 Crawford Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
302 Saunders Rd Suite 200
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Program Director: Kate Juozaitis MA, LCPC
Loyola University Medical Center
Open to parents who have a pregnancy or infant loss.
Rev. Abby Fyten
Chaplain, Obstetrics & Neonatology
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