Grief & Loss

Resources for Bereaved Families

The following is a list of support programs that provide services to bereaved families.  We would encourage you to interview the program and ask specific questions regarding the program’s philosophy, group structure, fees, and goals.

Support for Children and their Families:

After the Death of a Close Family Member (adult or child)

The Companionship/University of ChicagoComer Children’s Hospital

Meets on the South Side of Chicago near University of Chicago Hospitals (773) 834-1776

-support group for children, teens and adults caregivers

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice

Meets in: Burr Ridge

(630) 856-6990

-support group for children, teens and adults.  They also have a camp in the summer.

Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center-Braveheart Center

Meets in the South Suburbs;  Flossmoor, Dolton

(708) 283-8150

-adult support group for adults with children; individual counseling services

Good Mourning/Rainbow Hospice

Meets in the North Suburbs; Park Ridge

(847) 685-9900

-support groups for children (ages 3-18) and their families

Herbie’s Friends/Fox Calley Hospice

Meets in Geneva

(630) 232-2233

-support groups in various locations in Kame and Kendall counties; short-term individual counseling (2-3 sessions)

Heart Connection at Little Company of Mary Hospital

POMC (Parents of Murdered Children) at Little Company of Mary Hospital

Meets in Ecergreen Park

(708) 229-5484

-support groups for children and their families dealing with grief and also a group for parents of murdered children

Hospice of Northeastern Illinois-Center for Loss and Hope

Meets in Barrington and Crystal Lake

(847) 381-5599

-support groups for children and adults in community locations; individual counseling for a sliding scale fee

Journey Toward Healing/Loyola University Medical Center

Meets in Maywood

(708) 216-1646

-support groups for children and adults


Programs through local schools and religious institutions

(800) 266-3206

Willow House

Meets in:  Arlington Heights, Libertyville, and the Ladiview neighborhood in Chicago

(847) 940-0779

-monthly support groups for children, teens and their adult caregivers

Support in Indiana:

Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People

Meets in Indianapolis, IN

(317) 705-9650

-support groups for young people age 3-20 (college age included) and their adult caregivers

Support for Children and their Families:

After The Death of a Child or Infant:

Hearlight (Also offers a Spanish-speaking group, Luz del Corazon, on the Northwest side of Chicago)

Meets on the North side of Chicago, on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month for the English group, and the 1st & 3rd

Thursday of the month for Spanish group

(773) 975-8829

-support groups for siblings and parents

After the Death of a Parent or Caregiver”

Buddy’s Place

Meets in LaGrange

(708) 354-5280

-support groups for families; individuals counseling paid by insurance or sliding scale for persons residing in the area

Midwest Palliative and HospiceCare Center

Meets in the North Suburbs, Glenview, and Lake County, IL

(847) 467-7423

-support groups for children and families; individual and family counseling for a sliding scale fee

After a Cancer Related Death:

Gilda’s Club


Noogieland program for children

(312) 464-9900

-support groups and activities

Wellness Place


(847) 221-2400

-brief short-term counseling for children and families and referrals

(800) 813-4673

telephone counseling and support, online support groups (located in New York, but online available to all)

Cancer Wellness Center


(847) 509-9595

-programs and activities

Kids Connected/Cancer Support Center


(708) 798-9171

-support groups

After a Homicide/Murder:

Homicide Survivors Support Group/Cook County States Attorney Office


(773) 869-5321

POMC (Parents of Murdered Children) at Little Company of Mary Hospital

Meets in Evergreen Park

(708) 229-5484

Support for Children and their Families:

After a Suicide:

Journey Towards Healing/Loyola University Medical Center


(708) 216-9056

-support groups

LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide)/Catholic Charities

Local Chapters

-support groups; individual and family counseling

Willow House


(847) 940-0779

-support group for children, teens, and their families

Individual and Family Counseling:

The Barr Harris Children’s Grief Center

Individual counseling and child guidance services to families on a sliding scale of payment in multiple locations.

Main Number: (312) 922-7474

Downtown Chicago: (312) 922-7474 Ext. 313

Little Company of Mary Hospital: (312) 922-7474 Ext. 415

La Rabida Children’s Hospital (312) 922-7474 Ext. 421

Highland Park Hospital: (312) 922-7474 Ext. 416

Swedish Covenant Hospital: (312) 922-7474 Ext. 428

Riverdale Resource Center: (312) 922-7474 Ext. 430

Institute for Therapy through the Arts

Chicago, Evanston, Buffalo Grove

(847) 425-9708

Karen Freehill

Southside of Chicago/South Suburbs

(708) 802-0689

Center for Grief Recovery

Northside of Chicago

(773) 274-4600

Mary Pappas, LCPC



Chicago Center for Family Health

Downtown Chicago

(312) 372-4731

Kirsten Randall

Southside of Chicago

(773) 643-1940

Illinois Masonic Behavioral Health Services

Northside of Chicago

(773) 296-3220

Center for Psychological Services

Oak Lawn – takes many insurance plans

(708) 424-0001

Courtney Bell, LCSW

Northside of Chicago and Bloomingdale

(630) 924-0199

Cindy Thelan


(630) 415-0674

Support for Grandparents:

Heartlight/Children’s Memorial Hospital


AGAST (Alliance of Grandparents, A Support in Tragedy)

(888) 774-7437

Support for Adults after a Death:

Compassionate Friends (Death of a young child or adult child)

Call for a group in your area.

(877) 969-0010 National number

(773) 721-8817 Southside Chicago area (Univ. of Chicago Hospital)

(708) 748-6940 Little Company of Mary Hospital (Evergreen Park, IL)

(708) 748-6840 Rich Township Center (Richton, IL)

(815) 544-9864 Northwestern IL Chapter (Belvidere, IL)

(773) 384-5744 Northside of Chicago area (4350 W. Sunnyside)

(219) 662-0902 Valparaiso, Indiana

The Bereavement Program of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Death of an adult)

Meets in Chicago

(312) 296-6972

-support groups for adults who had a loss through death; limited individual counseling available

Journey Toward Healing/Loyola University Medical Center

Meets in Maywood

(708) 216- 1646

-groups for adults grieving the loss of a spouse, child, adult child, loss by suicide, and a motherless daughters group

Horizon Hospice

Meets in River North neighborhood of Chicago

(312) 733-8900

-support group for adults grieving the loss of spouse/significant other, and loss of parent

Hyde Park Grief Support Group

(312) 733-8900

-support group for adults grieving the loss of spouse/significant other

Coffee and Comfort – Support Group for the Loss of a Child at any age

Meets in Orland Park and Lansing

(708) 532-4900

Providence Home Health and Hospice Care

Meets in South Holland

(708) 331-0400

-bereavement group for adults

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice

Meets in Burr Ridge

(630) 856-6993

-Adult loss of parent group

Cindy Thelan

Meets in Oakbrook

(630) 415-0674

-Bereavement Adults support group

Support for Adults after the Death of an Infant:

SIDS Alliance of Illinois


(630) 305-7300/ (800) 432-SIDS

Footprints/Fox Valley Hospice


(630) 232-2233

Journey Towards Healing/Loyola Hospital

Maywood, Nancy Kid (708) 216-1646

(708) 216-9056

Caring Connections/Christ Medical Center

Oak Lawn

(708) 684-5175 or (708) 684-1146



(630) 582-0874

Pregnancy Loss Support Group

Oak Park

(708) 848-2227, at Parenthesis Parent Child Center, 405 S Euclid Avenue

Perinatal Loss Support Group/Edward Hospital


(630) 527-3263

Perinatal Loss Support Group/Evanston


(847) 570-2882

Pregnancy and Loss Group/Provena St. Joseph’s Hospital


(815) 725-7133

Still Missed/LaGrange Hospital


(630) 856-4497

Resolve Through Sharing/Lake Forest Hospital

Lake Forest

(847) 535-6336

support group, can bring husband, friend, mother, etc.

Meets 7-8:30pm, 3rd Tuesday of the month, free

H.O.L.D/Lutheran General Hospital

Park Ridge

(847) 795-3165

Perinatal Loss Support Group/Rush Pres.


(312) 942-2298

Together in the Loss of a Child/Northwestern

Northwestern Hospital-Chicago

(312) 908-8400

Still Missed/Hinsdale Hospital

Glendale Heights

(630) 856-4497

Renew Through Sharing-

NW Community Hospital

Arlington Heights

(847) 618-5220

Healing Habitat Art Therapy- Rita Gerden

(847) 934-3033

Chicago Spanish-Speaking Therapy Resources:

Access Clinics

(773) 254-6044

47th Street & Kedzie

Back of the Yards Mental Health

(312) 747-3560

4313 S. Ashland

Catholic Charities

(312) 655-7700 (intake)

Greater Lawn Mental Health

(312) 747-1020.  Social Work Referral required

4150 W. 55th Street,accept public aide

Metropolitan Family Services

(773) 884-2235 (intake)

3843 W. 63rd Street.  Waiting list, sliding scale from $5 – $100

Bereavement Camps for Children

Hand Together, Heart to Art ($50 per child/scholarships are available)

Downtown Chicago

2 Two-week sessions, non-residence arts camps for children ages 7-14 who’ve experienced the death of a parent;

limited capacity; may need a letter of reference

(312) 922-2110 Ext. 353

Camp Courage/Hospice of Northeastern Illinois ($25/week, scholarships available)

Day Camp for 4 days in July in Ingelside, IL

Bus picks up and returns to Barrington, IL

(847) 381-5599

Grief Takes a Hike/Fox Valley Hospice (Free)

(630) 232-2233

Must reside in Western Cook County, Kane County, and parts of McHenry County

Weekend overnight camp for kids (ages 4-18) and their parents

Busses leave from Geneva, IL

Camp Care/Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center (free)

  1.  Family Day Camp in Glenview, IL

Overnight Camp and Adventure Camps in Wisconsin for children and teens

2.  Camps for kids 4th, 9th grade for all types of loss in Lake Geneva

(847) 556-1999

Tommy’s Kids Camp ($25 per child/scholarships are available)

  1.  5-day summer camp for ages 5-12 in Willowbrook

For children who have experienced death of family member or friend

(630) 856-6485

2.  Day camp in Clarenden Hills, held at Arabian nights farm, Western Theme.

St. Thomas Hospice


(630) 856-6990


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