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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.

John Haines

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Grief Counseling and Support for Children and Teens Resources in the Chicago Area

Children and Teens Dealing with Loss: Local Resources

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1st Presbyterian of Evanston
Counseling Center
1-847-864-9133 x. 233
Christopher Miller

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.
Chicago. IL
Satellite clinics at Highland Park, Swedish Covenant and Little Company of Mary Hospitals. Payment on a sliding scale.

Buddy's Place
Family-based bereavement program, children ages 4-18. Time-limited groups for children and surviving parent. Monthly ongoing groups, 2nd Monday of each month.
Registration required.
1023 W. Burlington
Western Springs (10 miles west of Chicago).
708 354-0826

Interfaith groups welcome. No fee.
Chaplain Jan McCabe
Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center
4500 N. Winchester
(at Wilson)
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!

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.
Patricia Loder
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.
Chicago, IL
(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

Rainbow Hospice
The “Good Mourning Program.” Registration required. No fee for groups. Donations appreciated.
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.
1550 Bishop Court
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Rainbows for All Children
1007 Church Street, Suite 408
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Offers peer support groups for children and teens 3-18 years of age who are grieving from the loss of a loved one as a result of death, divorce/separation, military deployment, incarceration, a life-threatening illness, or another traumatic event in sites, all across the United States.

SIDS Alliance of Ilinois
Chicagoland Chapter. Call for location nearest to you. 312-987-1177

SLAP’D – Surviving Life After A Parent Dies
Providing hope through connection for those who have lost a parent.
SLAP’D is a space for teens to connect with their emotions and with others. These include a discussion forum, articles and interviews from experts and teens, and a personalized scrapbook where users can develop a memorial for their parent.

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 Hospital
2650 Ridge
Room 1230
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.
Prentice Building
250 E Superior
Chicago, IL.

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

Willow House
302 Saunders Rd Suite 200
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Program Director: Kate Juozaitis MA, LCPC
extension 203

Loyola University Medical Center
Open to parents who have a pregnancy or infant loss.
Rev. Abby Fyten
Chaplain, Obstetrics & Neonatology
Maywood, IL

Children and Teen Grief Support Books and Other Resources

Helping Children Coping with Separation and Loss, by Claudia Jewett Jarratt

A Child's Parent Dies, by Erna Furman

Guiding Your Child through Grief, by Mary Ann and James Emsweiler

Raising Our Children to Be Resilient, by Linda Goldman

After a Murder: A Workbook for Grieving Kids, The Dougy Center

A Forever Angel, by Elaine Stillwell

Surviving the Breakup: How Children and Parents Cope with Divorce, by Judith Wallerstein and Joan Kelly

What about the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce, by Judith Wallerstein

The Trauma and Loss in Children Institute (TLC):
Multiple clinical resources addressing trauma and loss including articles, trainings, and certifications.

The Center is expanding.

Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services has immediate openings for two full-time licensed psychologists. Click here for more information

The Center is expanding. Click here to for more about our newest clincial professional counselor, Elizabeth Cerven

New Groups

The Center is now taking names for new Healing Our Losses Group. See attached flyer and FAQ for detailed info. Contact Us by phone or email to find out more.

New Workshops
Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new CHANGE OF HEART . . . . Vulnerability and Self-transcendence workshop . . . [read more]

Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new "TRANSFORMING LOVE - Creativity as a way of new life" workshop . . . [read more]

News and Events
Thank You! Our 30th Anniversary celebration was a hit. To read more, click on this link.

Center Grief Recovery celebrates 30 Years with Open House Fundraiser. To learn more, click on this link.

We are excited to announce that Paul Martin, PsyD has become the Center's assistant director. To learn more about Paul's practice click on this link.

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 Articles

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]


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