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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 Recovery Support Retreat Centers


In the midst of the city, a PLACE of PEACE and SERENITY for individuals and groups. The Cenacle Sisters, trained in the work of retreats, religious education and other forms of the pastoral ministry, invite people of all faiths to take a pause from the noise, rush and impersonal technology of our world. You can plan your own program or the Cenacle Sisters will arrange the day with you. There are 60 private rooms, large conference/meeting rooms, dining room, chapel, library and small lounges, all air-conditioned.

Retreats are scheduled regularly on weekends throughout the year. Longer retreats of five or more days are planned in the summer months. General retreats are open to everyone. Other retreats, for special interest groups such as A.A., Charismatic, Bereavement, etc. are held at intervals.

513 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

is a family-run, cozy home located in New Haven, Michigan, on 10 acres of prairie and woods.  Our retreat house offers a place of rest, relaxation and renewal.  We are open for private retreat by individuals, couples, small groups and families.  In addition, we cater to retreat and workshop facilitators in need of residential, eating, and meeting space for up to sixteen people.  For more information please visit our website at: or contact Carol Jungman at 847/328-4119.  We extend a warm invitation to share the peace and clarity of White Lotus.

Dr. Rothman had studied a number of other types of Asian Arts and Meditations.

For information contact Dr. David Fireman 773-274-4600 or e-mail

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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