Below we have provided some helpful grief support links and information. We certainly would appreciate feedback on any of the resources below. Also, we would be grateful if you let us know of any other grief support services to add to this list for the families we serve.
Forever In My Heart Grief Support
Orland Township Youth and Family Services invites individuals who have lost their spouse (or family member) to participate in an open forum focused on coping with grief. This group will provide a supportive and accepting environment paving the way for hope during a time of confusion and crisis. Thursdays 6:15-7:30 pm at Orland Township Youth & Family Services, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, IL. 60462. Cost is $10 per session. Information please contact Gina Chigaros (708) 403-4001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palos Hospital Bereavement Series
The Social Services and Pastoral Departments host Bereavement Education Series throughout the year. It's to assist individuals who are mourning the loss of a loved one. For more details call (708) 923-4840. The hospital is located at 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463.
Trinity Lutheran Church Grief Support Group
Grief Support Group meets on Tuesday nights at 6850 W. 159th St., Tinley Park. Meeting starts at 6:45 PM. Group is for anyone who needs help dealing with the loss of a loved one. No charge for attending. For more info please call (708) 532-9395 or trinityluthchurch@sbcglobal.
Olive Branch Counseling Associates
Deep background in working with adults and children in the area of grieving. Contact Bill Holley, 5320 W. 159th St., Suite 400, Oak Forest, IL 60452. Phone: (815) 545-4468 or (708) 687-3479
GriefShare meets on Thursdays at 7:00pm. It is not an on going meeting. We meet for 13 weeks in the Fall, Sept. 15th thru Dec. 15th. Then we will start again in January and go for another 13 weeks, then break for the summer. Our churches website (tlcs.org) or GriefShare.org to find future times.
Holbrook Counseling Center
Helps meet all difficult needs except mental health issues. Connected with Catholic Charities. Meets in Palos Hills, IL and South Holland, IL. Call (312) 655-7725 for details.
Little Company of Mary Hospital
LCM Pastoral Dept. offers Support Programs for grieving children and adults. Call (708) 229-5480 for details.
Ministry of Bereavement at St. Damian Church
Seven week program that meets in the spring and fall. For details call St. Damian Rectory, Oak Forest, IL at (708) 687-1370.
Loss to New Life
AARP offers grief support by trained volunteers who themselves have experienced the death of a loved one. Family members, friends and co-workers who have lost a loved one are encouraged to call this line for support with their grief. Call 1-866-797-2277 toll free. Daily 9am - 9pm EST.
Southside Christian Counseling Center, Inc.
Provides quality care for people in emotional, mental, relational and spiritual pain. Call (708) 633-1823. Located at 16547 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477.
St. George Church Bereavement Ministry
Grief support for families that need help with the death of a loved one. Located at St. George Parish Life Center, 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park, IL 60477. Sessions run for five weeks. Call (708) 532-2243 for more details
Surviving Loss: The Grief Process Support Group
The Grief Process is a support group designed to bring persons together who share the challenges of healing and recovery from losses experienced in life in a caring and supportive atmosphere. Meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at 10217 Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, IL. Call (708) 828-4466 or (815) 685-1225 for additional information.
Grief Support Books
Today Centering Corp. has over 100 grief books for children and adults, My Friends Emotion Dolls, a Memory Bag for children, five videos and caring cards, plus over 200 books and resources from other publishers. We continue to provide educational offerings and workshops for caregivers and families.
My goal is to provide you with free tools and resources to help guide you through situations you may be facing. This may be a time when you feel very alone and I hope some of the information in this page can help you deal with what's in front of you. As a writer, I believe we read to feel less alone in the world. As a healthcare professional, I believe we never feel more alone than when a loved-one is facing a life challenging illness or has died.
Here we who mourn find safety and healing from those who mourn with us. At GriefNet we believe that healing is a natural process in everyone, and that it will occur if the environment, both within and without the person, is nourishing and protected from illness or harm.
Webhealing.com, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.
Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality. The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.
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