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Grief Support Services

GriefShare: For people grieving the death of a loved one.  GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.  To find a group near you, visit GriefShare

Pathway to Healing (pdf): The purpose of this self-help group is to create a community of people who are living with the grief that flows from the death of a homicide victim.  This program is offered by Victim-Witness Services of the Lake County State's Attorney's Office.  For more information, contact Margarita Garcia at 847.377.3000.  

American Association of Suicidology: Provides information for survivors, support groups, as well as suicide prevention.
5221 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015

The LOSS Program (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide): A non-denominational support group for those who are grieving a death by suicide or a family member or close friend. Provides on-going monthly meetings for survivors and individual and family counseling.
651 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661-1012

Willow House: A social service organization dedicated to helping children, teens, families and communities who are coping with death and dying. Services include support groups, educational resources and referrals, community outreach and special programs and workshops. Monthly support groups are held in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Libertyville and Riverwoods.
300 Saunders Road, Suite 300
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Journey Care Offers one-on-one grief support, as well as group support to help discover healthy ways to deal with your feelengs and provide support during the care of a loved one, both before and after their death.
General Information (847) 467-7423
24-hour line (224) 770-2489

Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center: Serves children who have lost a parent, sibling or other family member through death. Services are available in the Lake County Area. The Center has a set fee for services, although a sliding scale of fees may be used so that no family is denied services for financial reasons.
122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL  60603

The Compassionate Friends: A nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. The Northern Lake County Chapter meets at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Millburn Congregational Church at the intersection of Route 45 and Grass Lake Road.
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
Toll Free: 877-969-0010   

Joyful Again! Widowed Ministry Program: A spiritual program for widowed men and women who want to resolve the normal grief they feel and begin to live again. This self-help process toward healing is fostered by trained volunteers who have experienced the pain of loss themselves and have moved forward in their healing journey.
P.O. Box 1365
LaGrange Park, IL 60526-9465

Internet Support Groups

GriefNet: An Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. Links are provided to different types of support groups, including Kidsaid, which specifically addresses grief issues associated with young children.

SLAP'DThe purpose of SLAP'D is to connect teens online who have lost a parent, remind them that they are not alone, and to provide hope for the future, no matter how cliché that sentiment may sound. The three main components of SLAP'D work together to provide a space for teens to connect with their emotions and with those of others who have been in similar situations. These include a discussion forum, articles and interviews from experts and teens, and a personalized scrapbook where users can develop a memorial for their parent
Chicago, IL 60637

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