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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 in the Chicago Area

Grief Support for Children: Local Resources

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This resource list was originally compiled by Kirsten Randall. To list or update your service, contact: Center for Grief Recovery, Attn: Website Resource List, 1263 W. Loyola, Chicago, IL 60626.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The Support Center for perinatal and childhood death
Contact Nancy Goldin, LCSW #847-570-2883
Perinatal loss support
- miscarriage
- stillbirth-early infant death
- Prenatal decisions
- support for parents who decided to terminate pregnancies due to severe anomalies or problems w/ pregnancy
- Post-partum depression Hot line --1-866-ENH-MOMS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance
Mission: also provides services to parents of other sudden and unexpected infant deaths not only SIDS
Facillitator- Pam Borchardt
710 E Ogden Suite 550
Naperville, IL 60563

Camp Kangaroo
Camp Kangaroo is a FREE Children's Bereavement Camp sponsored by Seasons Hospice and FGMK this summer in Illinois for any child ages 5-13 who have experienced a loss of a loved one in the past 2 years. Please visit our website at for more information or email me at if you know any child that may benefit from this camp.


Ravenswood Medical Center (Group in Spanish)

Together in the Loss of a Child, Chicago


Willow House
3330 Dundee R. Sts. 1-4
Northbrook, IL 60062
phone 847-205-5666
Director: Stefanie Norris
Program Coordinator: Suzanne Clarey, ext. 203

Evanston Hospital, 847-570-2882

Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, IL

Renew Through Sharing
Northwest Community Hospital


Compassionate Friends Clearinghouse
Oakbrook, IL

Fox Valley Hospice
, 630-232-2233

Death of a Child: Coffee & Comfort (Religious), Orland Park
Lemont, 708-535-0871
Lansing, 708-474-0726

Loving Memories, Highland Park Hospital

Hospice of DuPage 630-933-7313

Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
H.U.G. - Honoring Unspoken Grief

Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge

Resolve Through Sharing
St. Francis, Blue Island

St. George Church, Tinley Park 708-532-2243

Alliance of Perinatal Bereavement Support

Caring Connection
Christ Hospital
Oak Lawn, IL


LOSS, Chicago and Suburbs 312-655-7283

Crime Victims’ Families Victim Witness Assistance Program,
Chicago/Suburbs 773-869-7200

Help for Survivors (Gun trauma)

Bell Campaign (Gun trauma)

Children'S Bereavement Support:

Barr Harris Center, Chicago & Highland Park 312-922-7474

Help for children & families after death of parent or sibling:
Bill Adams Memorial Foundation
711 Thomas
Oak Park, IL 60302
708 445-1137.

The Bobbie Burrow Center, St. Charles

Buddy's Place Western Springs

Fox Valley Hospice, Batavia 630-232-2233

Good Mourning, Park Ridge 847-699-3604

Heart Connection, Evergreen Park 708-229-5480

Heartlight, Children’s Memorial, Chicago
773 975-8829

Herbie House, Aurora 708 896-1456

Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, Barrington
847 381-5599

Heart Connection, Evergreen Park

Marcie’s Place Camp, Chicago 773-509-0883

MargaretAnn's Place
5024 Green Bay Rd
Suite 120
Kenosha, WI 53144
262 656-9656

Counseling Services
(847) 467-7423 (Chicago; North Suburbs; Lake County, IL)

MOLLY Grief Support, Downers Grove

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.

The University of Chicago
Comer Children's Hospital

Willow House, Gurnee, Skokie, & Arlington Heights

General Bereavement Support/Therapy:

Center for Grief Recovery, Chicago

Grief Support Books and Other Resources

No New Baby, by Marilyn Gryte

Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents who have Experienced Pregnancy Loss, by Cathy Blanford

My Baby Big Sister: A book for Children Born Subsequent to a Pregnancy Loss, Cathy Blanford

When My Dad Died and When My Mommy Died, by J.M. Hammond

When Someone Very Special Dies, by M. Heegaard

Learning to Say Good-bye, by E. LeShan

Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies, by Earl Richter

A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis

Lifetimes, by Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

I Miss You: A First Look at Death, by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harken

The Hurt, by Teddi Doleski

When Dinosaurs Die, by Laurie Brown and Marc Brown

Tear Soup, by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen

Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children, by C. Sheppard

Where’s Jess: For Children who have a Brother or Sister Die, by M. Johnson

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia

A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma, by Margaret Holmes

A national leader in providing children’s grief support services, outreach and education to the community offering peer support groups, camps, free resources and publications.

The Dougy Center:
Support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. We provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.” Extensive book, trainings and video resources. All services are free.

Children’s Grief Education Association:
An excellent website for children, adults helping children, or clinicians. Webpages for children and teens, support group information and bibliography by child age, adults, and professionals.

Barr Harris Children’s Grief Center:
A Chicago based organization that “serves children who have suffered the loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or abandonment. It provides diagnostic evaluations, short- or long-term treatment if necessary, and parent guidance.
Associated with this kid friendly website features e-mail support groups, games, artwork and more by and for kids. It also includes tips for parents helping grieving kids.

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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