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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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Dealing with Death of a Spouse or Partner

Resources and Books

Click Here for Death of a Spouse or Partner Books

Mary Obey, Facilitator
Northwest Community Hospital
800 W. Central Rd.
Arlington Height, IL 60005

Support for widows & widowers whose spouse has died of cancer. Also aids adult children who've lost a parent to cancer.
Deb Wojcik, LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator
215 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062

Predominantly for those who've lost a spouse but other adults suffering a loss are welcome.
Jerry Zachar, M.S.W., Facilitator
Meets at Deerfield Policy Department
850 Waukegan Road (entrance on west side of building)
Deerfield, IL 60015

This group plans 2-day workshops & retreats at local hospitals & churches for both widows & widowers.
Charlotte Hrubes, Director
P.O. Box 1365
La Grange, IL 60525

Jacalyn Linko, LCSW, Coordinator of Counseling Services
(847) 467-7423 (north suburbs), (708) 283-8150 (south suburbs)

Palos Community Hospital
Adult bereavement in Spring and Fall
Palos Heights, IL

1) WIDOWED SUPPORT GROUPS: Day and evening on-going group. One-to-one outreach to the newly widowed. Monthly brunch & dinner. Also telephone outreach.
web address:

Non-denominational groups.
Sheri Fox, L.C.S.W., Facilitator
Jewish Family & Community Service
Niles District Office
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL

Death of a Spouse or Partner Books

I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows & Widowers Can Cope and Heal, by L. Feinberg

Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life, by G. Ginsburg

Living When a Loved One has Died, by Earl Grollman

The Tender Scar: Life after the Death of a Spouse, by R. Mabry

Healing a Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas after Your Husband or Wife Dies, by Alan Wolfelt

Gay Widowers: Life after the Death of a Partner, by M. Shernoff

“The first online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.”


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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