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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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Suicide and Sudden, Violent, or Traumatic Death

Grief Support: Local Resources

Click Here for Grief Support Books and Other Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Group and individual counseling. Special Teen group. Meets in various locations. Call for location nearest you.
Program Manager Bruce Engle
651 Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661.
ph 312-655-7285

Season's Hospice
1st Thur of month (6:30pm)
       606 Potter Rd
       Des Plaines
2nd Thur of month (6:30pm)
       Holy Cross Hospital
       Inpatient 3rd Floor
Contact: Sohair Azab
847-759-9449 ex 2109

Willow House
300 Saunders Road, Suite 300
Riverwoods, IL 60015
phone 847-236-9300
Executive Director: Stefanie Norris
Program Director: Ruth Johnson, ext. 206

Grief Support Books and Other Resources

Healing after the Suicide of a Loved One, by Ann Smolin, LCSW and John Guinan, PhD

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One, by N. Brook

Living with Grief: After Sudden Loss Suicide, Homicide, Accident, Heart Attack, Stroke, by Kenneth Doka

No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice after a Tragic Death, by H. Janice

A Grief like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love, by K.A. O’Hara

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students

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

The American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide:
An education, support, policy, research, and advocacy group with local support group chapters.

American Association of Suicidality:
Resources for education, prevention, treatment, training and certification.

Parents of Murdered Children:
Resources and local chapters to support parents. Useful information on legal and criminal justice issues.

LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide):
Free individual, group and family counseling in Chicagoland, Joliet and Lake County, IL at multiple locations.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS):
An international, interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
A federally funded organization dedicated to raising awareness about child trauma through free online resources, webinars, and educational materials. Search “Traumatic Grief Reading List."

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA):
Championing Dignity and Compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis.

Survivors of Violent Loss Network:
The Mission of this site is to provide a lifeline of hope and healing and addresses the issue of traumatic grief among co-victims of homicide, suicide, drunk driving, and terrorist fatalities.
Grassroots victim’s rights organization, sharing information and resources for victims of violent crime, advocating for the enforcement of our constitutionally guaranteed victim’s rights, and for public safety.

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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