As an Illinois Not-for-profit corporation the Center is committed to providing important professional services to our larger community. This website is one example. As you can see, we have compiled a significant amount of information for your use. We will continue to add to and update this information and referral resource. Other future website projects include an extensive bibliography for those interested in reading helpful literature in the various areas of grief and mourning (e.g., spousal, childhood, sibling, grandparent loss), as well as creating an updated directory of referrals in outlying parts of the Chicagoland metro areas.
In addition, to the website, our new Walking Through Grief—Together fundraiser event is intended to help our community feel a sense of support and solidarity through difficult experiences such as loss. Our hope is to help remove the negative attitudes our society currently holds about grief and mourning (e.g., get back to business as usual without a proper period of grief and mourning; don't express "negative emotions," etc.) and replace them with a heightened and more compassionate awareness of our needs during difficult times. We believe our community would benefit greatly by taking the time to acknowledge and ritualize together our common humanity in the face of loss.
Finally, we are prepared to partner with other agencies and institutions interested in creative programming designed to facilitate the healing process through grief and mourning. We are excited about and poised to offer our expertise and collaborative abilities to other leaders in our community. So if you or someone you know are interested in becoming partners with the Center for the purpose of helping others to heal and grow from their losses, please contact us.
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]