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Grief Support Groups



Bereavement Magazine

Bereavement Magazine has been designed to be a "support group in print" - a friend who arrives in the mailbox six times each year. Call toll free (888) 604-4673 for more details. Located at 5125 N. Union Blvd., Suite #4, Colorado Springs, CO 80918-2056.

Cancer Support Group

Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at St. Damian Church, Oak Forest, IL. Call (708) 687-1370 for details.

Christ Hospital and Medical Center

Christ Hospital offers a Support Group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage. A bereavement group also meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Percy Hopkins Auditorium. Call (708) 346-5175 for details.

Coffee and Comfort

Coffee and Comfort is a support group for mothers who have lost a child. The location of the group is Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 Sycamore Drive, Orland Park, IL 60462. Call (708) 532-4900 for more details.

Crime Victims Assistance

The Illinois Attorney General has a special unit that helps victims, family and friends of violent crimes. Monetary assistance available for funeral and other expenses. Call (800) 228-3368 (Voice/TTY) for details or write Office of the Attorney General, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., 13th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Domestic violence is a problem that crosses all barriers of ethnic and economic backgrounds. No one is turned away. Confidential services for women 24/7, 365 days a year. Located at 7700 Timber Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Crisis hotline (708) 429-7255.

DeKalb County Hospice

Care is focused on reducing the symptoms and supporting the patient and family. DeKalb County Hospice works with the primary physician to provide the most advanced medications to alleviate pain and discomfort of the disease process. For more information contact us at 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115 or call (815) 756-3000 (24 hour phone service) for more details.

Forever In My Heart Grief Support

Orland Township Youth and Family Services invites individuals who have lost their spouse 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


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 ( or to find future times.

Help Mates

Support group for widowed, seperated, divorced and single adults. Meetings are held Thursdays at 8 PM. Free babysitting. Located at Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462. Call (708) 349-0431 for details.

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.

Hospice of Northeastern Illinois

Hospice of Northeastern Illinois is a not-for-profit, independent organization created by community volunteers 20 years ago. During that time, we've cared for more than 10,000 patients and their families. We've also continued to expand our grief support and patient care services to meet your needs. Patients and families in Lake, McHenry, Cook, Kane, DuPage and Boone counties welcome hospice care teams into their homes to provide medical care and offer support resources

Ingalls Hospice Care

Hospice care for families in the southwest suburbs. For details call (708) 331-1360. Located at Ingalls Hospital, 1 Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426.

International Assoc. for Hospice and Palliative Care

Our mission is to increase the availability and access to high quality hospice and palliative care for patients and families throughout the world. We do this by promoting communication, facilitating and providing education, and by becoming an information resource for patients, professionals, health care providers and policy makers around the world. Contact us at nternational Assoc. Hospice & Palliative Care 5535 Memorial Dr., Suite F - PMB 509, Houston, TX 77007. Toll Free (866) 374 2472 or Fax (713) 880-2948.

Journey Toward Healing Support Group

Understanding and moving through your normal grief processes. Groups are available for widows and widowers and children. Special groups such as loss of an adult child and suicide are also available. Contact Loyola University, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, IL 60153. Attn: Center for Home Care and Hospice (708) 216-1646 or more information.

L.O.S.S.-Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide

Helps family cope with death due to suicide. Call (312) 655-7283 for details. Located at 126 N. Des Plaines, Chicago, IL 60661. Meets monthly at Queen of Martyrs Church, 103rd and Central Park, Evergreen Park, IL.

Little Company of Mary Hospital

LCM Pastoral Dept. offers Support Programs for grieving children and adults. Call (708) 229-5480 for details.

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.

Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center

Support groups foster a sense of community among people affected by cancer and the death of a loved one. Support groups provide a safe place to share thoughts and feelings with others dealing with similar concerns and emotions. Our address is 3420 Vollmer Rd., Olympia Fields, IL Our phone is (800) 331-5484.

Ministry of Bereavement

Seven week program that meets in the spring and fall. For details call St. Damian Rectory, Oak Forest, IL at (708) 687-1370.

National Hospice and Palliative Care

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Contact us at NHPCO, 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. (703) 837-1500 or (fax) (703) 837-1233.

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

Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of the North Shore

Palliative care is supportive, interdisciplinary healthcare designed to alleviate physical and emotional pain and symptoms and provide spiritual support throughout a life-challenging illness or condition, whether the goal is cure or care. Please feel free to contact us at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of the North Shore, 2821 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201 or phone (847) 467-7423 for additional details. Toll Free: (800) 331-5484

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.

Parkview Church Grief Share

If you've lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, it may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. You?ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. That's the reason for GriefShare, a group led by those who understand what you are experiencing, and offer support for people grieving the loss of someone close. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact Pastor Lonnie Caha at 708-478-7477, Ext. 203.

Premier Hospice

Care is managed and delivered through an interdisciplinary team approach. The interdisciplinary team consists of the patient's attending physician, highly skilled nurses, master's prepared social. For more information please call (708) 868-6960 or (866) 533-4422.

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care provides compassionate Hospice Care for the Illinois Chicagoland Counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry, and Will. You may call 1-(800) 570-8809 toll-free or our address is Seasons Hospice, 1600 Dempster St. Park Ridge, IL 60714 for details.

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.

Support Group for Grieving Teens

The Center provides services free of charge to a diverse participant base including cancer patients, caregivers, children, teens and friends of the cancer patient. All programs are facilitated by experienced clinical professionals and our services always are free of charge. For your convenience, our free programs are now offered at satellite locations in Tinley Park and Orland Park. Please call for more information (708) 798-9171.

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.

The Genesis Therapy Center

The Genesis Therapy Center provides counseling and consultation services to individuals, couples and families. Our goal is to provide careful assessment, support and therapy to individuals as they seek to understand and manage their lives. Offices located throughout Metro-Chicago. Main office located at 17717 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477. Call (708) 444-7395 for additional information.

Together We Cope

To promote, support, educate and perpetuate functional family life. Continuously striving to prevent the working poor from becoming homeless when an unexpected crisis strikes. Located at 17030 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477. Call (708) 633-5040 for details.

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

Vitas Hospice Care

Vitas is an organization that provides a special form of care for people during the last months of life. Vitas has been providing this care since 1978. A support group for those who have lost a loved one meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. There is no charge for this service. Located 8525 W. 183rd St., Suite M, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Phone (708) 781-4400 or (800) 375-7030.

Air Crash Support Network

1595 York Ave., Box 22 New York, NY 10028 (877) ACSN-HELP

American SIDS Institute

2480 Windy Hill Rd. Suite 380 Marietta, GA 30067 (800) 232-SIDS

Bereaved Parents of the USA

3910 Warner St. Kensington, MO 20895 (800) 366-2223 (301) 962-3521

Beyond Indigo

Beyond Indigo Grief Support provides information on caregiving, loss, grieving, and end-of-life issues for family, friends, pets, and loved ones, with an emphasis on the positive. Call (952) 294-8031 for more details.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth

(CLIMB) Inc. P.O. Box 91377 Anchorage, AK 99509 (907) 222-5321

Concerns of Police Survivors

P.O. Box 3199, So. Highway 5 Camdenton, MO 65020 (314) 346-4911

Fernside for Children

Fernside, founded in 1986 in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a non-profit, non-denominational organization serving grieving children and their families. At Fernside, we know that the grieving child has the capacity to rebuild, so we gently encourage sharing of stories, feelings and memories with trusted friends, honoring each one's search for a new beginning.

Grief Resource Catalog

The Grief Resources Catalog is a resource center dedicated to providing grief support products for those who may be grieving the loss of a loved one.

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.

Growth House

Growth House, Inc., provides content development and syndication services for organizations working with death and dying issues. Health care providers may call 415-863-3045 for further information.

Hospice Foundation of America

2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20009 (800) 854-3402

In Loving Memory

1416 Green Run Lane Reston, VA 20090 (703) 435-0608 (Dedicated to helping parents cope with the loss of their only child or all of their children.)


KIDSAID is a safe place for kids to share and to help each other deal with grief about any of their losses. It's a place to share and deal with feelings, to show artwork and stories, to talk about pets, to meet with one's peers.

National Donor Family Council

C/o National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 (800) 622-9010 (212) 889-2210 (For Families of those who died and became Organ and/or tissue donors.)

Parents of Murdered Children Inc.

(POMC) 100 E. Eighth St., B41 Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 721-5683... (888) 818-POMC... Local chapter meets at Little company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, IL. Call Pastoral Care at (708) 229-5484 for more details.

SIDS Alliance

Whether you are seeking information on ways to help your baby survive and thrive or have experienced the death of a precious infant, this site is your gateway to support. For more information, feel free to call us toll free at 800.221.7437. Grief counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Salvation Army National Headquarters

615 Slaters Ln. PO Box 269 Alexandria, VA 22313 (703) 684-5500

Society of Military Widows

5535 Hempstead Way Springfield, VA 22151 (703) 750-1342

The Compassionate Friends

P.O. Box 3696 Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696 (630) 990-0010. Supports families who have experienced the death of a child. The local chapter meets at Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, IL. Call Pastoral Care at (708) 229-5480 for more details.

Dougy Center

The first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. We'd like to share with you what we have learned from over 14,000 children, teens and families we've served since 1982. Through our National Center for Grieving Children and Families we provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. Contact: Phone: 503-775-5683 Toll Free: 866-775-5683 Fax: 503-777-3097 Email:

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