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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 and Libertyville.
3330 Dundee Road, Suite S1-S4
Northbrook, IL 60062

Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center: Offers grief support groups that provide a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere for adults, children and teens who have experienced a loss.
2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL

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

PsychCentral: Provides links to support groups for Suicide and Crisis as well as for Grief and Loss.

Hopeseek: The information and resources on are for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.  You will find a state-by-state listing of support groups, chat rooms and other resources.  The Book List is for survivors of all ages and is updated periodically. 

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.

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Thomas A. Rudd, M.S., M.D. 
Lake County Coroner
26 N. Martin L. King Jr. Ave
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