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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

Walking Through Grief - Together

Thank You Letter to Our Donors

On June 4, 2011, the Center for Grief Recovery celebrated its 25+ years of service by hosting a community fund raiser event.  It turned out to be a wonderful success!

Grief Walk from J J on Vimeo.

The goals of the Center's Walking Through Grief—Together were:

1.  To provide a community ritual for those mourning significant losses.
2.  To raise money for a grief recovery scholarship fund.
3.  To raise awareness of grief and mourning.
4.  To inform the community of the Center's therapeutic services.

It was a hot and breezy day along the lake for our first-ever community walk.  Lots of bottled water was on hand! Sixty hearty walkers came to participate with a palpable sense of purpose to remember and ritualize their losses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year approximately 2.5 million people die, affecting 8-10 family members for a total of 20-25 million new mourners each year.

Unfortunately, western society complicates grief and mourning.  From our rapid pace of social change to family breakdown and feelings of personal powerlessness and isolation, to unemployment, poverty and violence, today's mourners are being undeniably negatively impacted by multiple forces.

Walking Through Grief—Together combined meaningful grief rituals to counteract these disturbing trends. As far back as 1912, Emile Durkheim, one of the founders of sociology, expressed that rituals teach people how to share with their neighbors the transitional experiences of life and loss. Through ritual, the community is able to share the most joyous and the most frightening moments of life.  No one has to face these experiences alone.

The Center's mission is empower individuals to heal their own lives.  As part of our undertaking, we intend to continue our outreach to raise awareness of grief and mourning, so as to expand the sense of communal belonging in and through profound experiences such as bereavement.

As one walker put it, 

"This is the first time since my wife's death that I have been able to genuinely smile with another person."  

And another, 

"The walk was meaningful for my wife and I not only because of our long association with the Center, but also because we walked for our son's best friend, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 46.  He was a wonderful young man and we can't express how meaningful it was to have the walk sponsored by the Center as a way for us to honor him and be in touch with our deep grief for him and his family."




Many more photos from our Walk Through Grief can be seen on our Facebook page here.



Bagel Art -
Bikram Yoga College of India -
Caribbean American Baking Co. -
Chicago Center for Psychophysical Healing - 1622 W Devon Ave, 773.764.0960
Common Cup -
Core Power Yoga -
Deloitte -
Dominick's/Safeway -
Exhale Body Mind Spa -
Gethsemane -
Great Lakes Financial Group - 1133 W. Albion Avenue, 773.465.7661
Heartland Café -
Jewel -
John Martin Group - Evanston 847.492.1817
Joseph Michael's Salon & Spa -
Lifeline Theatre -
m.henry / m.henrietta - /
The New 400 Theaters -
New Leaf Natural Grocery -
Office Max, Evanston -
Phoenix Heller -
Rogers Park Business Alliance -
Shure Inc. -
side project theatre -
Starbucks -
Toys Etc. - Evanston -
Trader Joe’s on Lincoln - Chicago -
Uncommon Ground -

The Beckley Family
The Boutell Family
The Dalal Family
The Goetz-Gamse Family

Thanks to the board and staff for all of their support!
And a big thanks to Khushbu Dalal, our student work-study intern,
Susan & Sarah Beckley for all their hard work putting this event together,
and LG Bailey for helping with last-minute running around!!


Read 2017 Messages from the Center

The Center presents the second in a series of professional development workshops. Please join us in our newly remodeled office suite for this exciting CEU sponsored event! Click here for details: Download flyer here

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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