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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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Group Therapy

On-Going Groups

Groups we offer:

Healing Our Losses Grief Group
This is an open ongoing group that meets on a weekly basis. Participants who are interested in joining the group make a six-week commitment. At the end of the six weeks treatment is reevaluated and participants may continue if the group meets their needs. Many find that it is helpful to be part of this group for a longer term.

This group is for anyone going through grief and has experienced the death of a loved one. Members commit to six hour and half sessions. This is a profound experience that helps to enter the pain of a loss and through the process of healing. Members learn about the grief process and come to understand their own unique experiences. This group offers a chance to begin to heal from a loss and learn and grow and reshape the self. Interested persons may call for an initial screening.

Holiday Grief Group
This is a four-week therapeutic group experience focused around issues of grief and mourning that arise around the holidays. Participants enter a process to understand grief, how one can work through their grief, and to better understand and cope with feelings and thoughts that arise with the holidays, The group context offers a supportive environment where participants’ problems and issues are understood and addressed, change and growth take place, and a sense of communal support can be deeply felt. Interested persons may call for an initial screening.

Ongoing Adult Group Therapy
Adults (25 and on) interested in a long-term group process join this group to understand and develop their relational skills, understanding of group process, work on issues and problems that arise in their lives within a supportive group. This is a great experience can lead to profound growth. This group is open to men and women over the age of twenty-five who are interested in working on themselves in a group therapy context. Interested persons may call for an initial screening.

Ongoing Young Adult Group Therapy

This is a group for Young Adults (18 to 25) interested in working on themselves and developing interpersonal and social skills. This group offers structured exercises and experiential methods. This group is led by experienced group therapist Tom Undine, LCSW. This is group is open to males and females. Interested persons may call for an initial screening.

Men’s Issues Group
Men who are interested in working on themselves and experiencing an environment where they can do so with others will enjoy this group. This group is for men in transition, men who are experiencing anxiety or depression, men who feel cut-ff and numbed out, men who are struggling. This group offers a unique path to help men face their unique issues and learn and grow from them. Interested persons may call for an initial screening.

Every human encounter operates on a set of expectations. This set of expectations becomes a contract as it is acted upon. We feel it is best to make it clear how we will work together and what our expectations are of the group participants.

The objectives of our group experiences include sharing our feelings and exposing our sensitivities and vulnerabilities. No true learning takes place without some degree of emotional risk. However, it is important to set an environment which minimizes the risks and maximizes the potential for growth. Because we are attempting to promote growth and healing, we ask that all participants agree to conditions which will enhance our sense of security and trust.

Confidentiality: All group material and discussions will stay within the group. Each participant will, of course, process the events, ideas, and feelings with others outside the group. Confidentiality demands that these discussions be done in such a way that no participant can be identified.

Respect for Self: All participants must make their own decision about how much personal information to share, what activities to take part in and how deeply they will involve themselves with others. It is crucial that participants respect their limits and maintain themselves comfortably throughout the group process.

Respect for Others: Everyone will be responsible for participating in a way that helps take care of others. No one should monopolize the discussion, depreciate the efforts of other members, or in any way harm the fabric of trust and warmth that will allow us to proceed. We will work toward an environment that encourages each person to participate in their own unique way.

No Drugs or Alcohol: Participants should avoid taking drugs or alcohol prior to, during or immediately following the group experience.

Role of Group Leader(s): The leaders will actually lead and maintain control of group interactions. He/they may encourage or discourage each participant from opening up feelings or issues based on individual needs and group needs. If participants have questions about what is or isn’t appropriate, they should ask.

Feelings: Feelings should be expressed and examined. It is okay to let feelings out. Know it is okay to be happy, sad, angry, frustrated…but it is not okay to express feelings in ways that are harmful to yourself or others. We make a distinction between expression of feelings and the way in which these feelings are expressed.

Non-Sectarian: Each of the staff and participants are free to maintain their own belief system in regard to religious affiliation. All activities are based on our views about human development and learning processes. No religious point of view or activities will be introduced.

Our Group Therapy

In Group therapy, participants learn about the grieving process, and help themselves form a bridge to the future. Group therapy helps persons who have suffered the loss of a significant relationship: parent, sibling, spouse, child, or other close relative or friend. Participants in group therapy are invited to share with others. All of our groups are led by professionals, and we do not offer self-help groups.

Although grief is a normal human experience, each person's grief is subtly different. Our group therapy helps you understand your loss and express the many feelings that come with change. Let our group therapy process help you regain your balance as you learn to re-engage in life in a new way.

What you can expect

Our Groups are all led by qualified therapists who take great care in the formation and development of each group and group process.
Our Groups are meaningful experiences
Our Groups lead to change and growth
Our Groups or supportive safe environments to share
Our Groups explore differences and conflict resolution skills, leading to a better understanding of oneself and others as well as a greater capacity to connect with others
Our Groups offer structured experiences and experiential learning that foster growth
Our Groups offer learnings on how to be with others and have more fulfilling relationships
Our Groups restore passion, enthusiasm, and gusto

How you can Benefit

Our Groups help participants have more full and robust relationships with others
Our Groups lead to change and growth
Our Groups offer a grounding and support
Our Groups offer accountability and connection
Our Groups help people be ALIVE, PASSIONATE, MEANINGFUL, PLAYFUL, DEPTHFUL, JOYFUL, and be able to EMBRACE PAIN, SADNESS, FEAR, and ANXIETY in healthy ways

Who would benefit from group therapy?

Those who have recently, or not so recently, experienced a loss
Those who are overwhelmed with sorrow and pain of a death of someone they loved
Those searching to heal from their loss
Those who struggle every day

Group Therapy offers professional support to those who are experiencing loss. Group Therapy works to:

Prevent depression, anxiety, isolation, and maladaptive behaviors
Provide clinical and therapeutic support and guidance through stages of the grief process
Help support and retain adaptive functioning throughout the period of mourning
Help participants identify effective ways to express and process complex and sometimes ambiguous
Feelings and thoughts regarding their grief experience
Help participants effectively cope with possible intense feelings that can accompany grief
Help participants eventually come to a place of acceptance in regards to their loss and rebuild a life for themselves after the death of a loved one
Questions are encouraged.
Group size is limited.


To make a referral or to schedule an intake appointment,
please call the Center for Grief Recovery at 773-274-4600.


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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