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 ongoing 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 the death of a loved one. Services include grief support groups, educational resources and referrals, community and school outreach and special programs and workshops. Monthly grief support groups are held in Chicago, Arlington Heights, and Libertyville. Monthly Survivors of Suicide Loss Group and Expressive Arts group are held in Bannockburn.
2231 Lakeside Drive 
Bannockburn, IL 60015

Journey Care: Offers one-on-one grief support, as well as group support to help discover healthy ways to deal with your feelings 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. Find more information on local Lake County Chapters by visiting
The Compassionate Friends
48660 Pontiac Trail 
Wixom, MI 48393 
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'D: The 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