About the Center

Our Work

Our team specializes in bereavement and provides professional development opportunities, case consultation, and presentations to institutions and groups.

Who We Are

Founded in 1985, The Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit housing eight independent practitioners who are dedicated to empowering individuals to heal themselves and enrich their lives. Over the decades we have done as much as possible to increase understanding of the issues involved in bereavement and loss, working to sensitize both the lay and professional communities, while offering direct services to bereaved individuals. Our services provide individual, family, couples, and group experiences. Our therapists create a safe environment for you to express your deepest hurts and frustrations. We then offer you tools and patient, reliable guidance every step of the way towards feeling much better.

We work with individuals, couples and partnerships, families, corporations, and organizations. If you want to learn about grief counseling, therapy, group therapy, or couples counseling, please call us for a free consultation at (773) 274-4600.

The majority have clearly stated that they feel unblocked, have a wider range of feelings and a richer emotional life, have increased capacity for intimacy, interpersonal competence, and understanding of their own feelings and behavior patterns. They feel more connected to their bodies, to their selves, and to others.


Every journey to recovery begins with loss, a change, a longing to move in a different direction. After losing his brother in a hunting accident, Dr. Jerry Rothman directed his devastation toward building a place where he could help others cope with grief. Along with attorney Tom Cole, who also lost a sibling early in life, he co-founded the Rothman-Cole Center for Sibling Loss, which opened its doors on July 1, 1985. The Center was the first of its kind in the country, and eventually expanded its mission to include all types of loss and people of all ages, becoming The Center for Grief Recovery.

Shepherded by Dr. Rothman until his death in 2002, the Center not only developed the expertise to handle a wide variety of emotionally intense issues in addition to grief and loss, but also became a frontrunner in the development of creative treatment and training methods for individuals, agencies, and psychotherapy professionals. The Center has continued to meet the needs of today’s community under the capable direction of David Fireman, MSW, LCSW, and the Center’s dedicated and talented team of diverse and skilled therapists.

The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Illinois Corporation. As such, we are committed to keeping our services open to all who need them regardless of their ability to pay. However, in order to help defray our costs we do rely on generous financial contributions to our scholarship fund. Please consider donating to our scholarship fund by clicking on the donate button below: