Programs in Illinois

Camp Erin Chicago
Adventist St. Thomas Hospice
119 E. Ogden Avenue, Ste.111
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 856-6985
Camp Erin is a free, weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It is a fun, traditional camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers.

Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center*

122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 922-7474 ext 310
Services offered: Individual therapy for children who have had a loss from death divorce and abandonment. Consultation, workshops and presentations.

Buddy's Place of Pillars*
1023 Burlington Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 995-3750

Hearts to Art*
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2353
This unique camp brings together children between the ages of 7 and 14 who have experienced the death of a parent to experience and celebrate the healing power of creative play.

Heartlinks Grief Center*
5110 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226
(618) 277-1800

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter*   
2050 Claire Court       
Glenview, IL  60025   
(847) 467-7423

Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center*
4215 Newburg Road
Rockford, IL  61108
(815) 398-0500
Learn more about the Grief Center.

Rainbows For All Children*
614 Dempster St., Suite C
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 952-1770
Rainbows for All Children is a non-profit dedicated to helping today's youth successfully navigate the very difficult grief process and grow after loss.  Rainbows programs serve youth ages 3-18 of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, along with their caregivers.  The curriculum sets are uniquely designed to address the needs of youth who have experienced any type of loss.  The participants work through our lesson plan-utilizing personal journals along with special activities designed to help them understand their loss, resolve their grief, learn coping strategies, and develop better life skills.

Seasons Hospice Foundation*
6400 Shafer Ct. Suite 700
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 692-1000

Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation*
7820 Graphics Dr. Suite 106
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Tel: 708-885-3900
Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides support and assistance to children ages 7-17 whose parent, legal guardian, or sibling fell victim to homicide. Through our bereavement camp and our college scholarship program, we believe that we can transform a child's tragedy into a bright future.

Chicago, IL 60637
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.

Willow House*
2231 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL 60015
(847) 236-9300
Willow House is recognized as a leader in the field locally and nationally, serving the needs of grieving children and families in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. Peer support group services have expanded to four locations, including Arlington Heights, Chicago, Libertyville and Riverwoods with plans to expand to additional sites in the future. 

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice
Tommy's Kids & Tommy's Kids Summer Camp
119 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 111
Hinsdale, IL  60521
(630) 856-6985

Bereavement Program
Joliet Area Community Hospice
250 Water Stone Circle
Joliet, Illinois 60430
(815) 740-4104
The Bereavement Program at Joliet Area Community Hospice provides individual and family grief counseling, on-going support groups, grief workshops and memorial services for both hospice families and community members that have experienced the death of a loved one. Special programs include a teen group, a summer grief day camp, a parenting workshop, writing workshop, expressive arts support group and an annual Pet Loss Memorial. All services free of charge.

BraveHeart Youth & Family Loss Group
Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care
3420 Vollmer Road
Olympia Fields, IL  60461
(708) 283-8150

Camp Courageous
Methodist Medical Center - Hospice Services
221 NE Glen Oak
Peoria, IL 61636-0002
(309) 672-5746

Camp Kangaroo Children's Grief Camp
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Illinois
606 Potter Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 759-9449
No charge children's grief camp - occurs annually.

Center for Grief and Loss
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Illinois 60115
The Center for Grief and Loss is dedicated to providing free, accessible, and culturally responsive bereavement services and resources to children and adolescents. As part of the Community Counseling Training Center, our counselors understand the various aspects of the grieving process and provide a variety of developmental lifespan services, including play and expressive therapies.

Center for Grief Recovery:  Institute for Creativity
1263 W. Loyola, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 274-4600

Family Matters
Wellness House
131 N County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 654-5107

Fox Valley Hands of Hope
200 Whitfield Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2233

Good Mourning Program at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
1550 Bishop Court 
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(847) 685-9900

The Heart Connection:  Pastoral Care Department
2800 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 229-5480

Heartlight - Luz del Corazon
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 227-3930
Heartlight - Luz del Corazon facilitates support groups specifically for families who have had a child die. A Parents Group and a Sibling Group meet concurrently at two offsite locations. The program is offered in English and Spanish. There is no charge to participate in the support groups and they are open to the community.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois
405 Lake Zurich Road
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-5599

Heartland Hospice/Hillside
4415 W. Harrison Street, Suite 403
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 234-2800

Hearts & The Arts
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
580 Waters Edge, Suite 100
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 495-8484

Illness Navigation Resources (INR)
(847) 965-7677

Provides in-person, custom support to children and adolescents facing acute and chronic medical challenges of themselves, a parent, or a family member as well as grief counseling and bereavement services. Interventions include therapeutic play, attending and emotional processing of memorial services, and memory making of their loved one.

Skokie Location
5225 Old Orchard Road
Suite 14
Skokie, Illinois 60077

Institute for Juvenile Research
907 S. Wolcott
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-0004

Kids Bereavement
Gilda's Club Chicago
537 N Wells
Chicago, Il 60654
Kid's Bereavement is a free, 10 week series of peer support groups for children ages 4-12 who have experienced the cancer-related death of a family member or friend. The group focuses on coping and expressing difficult feelings. A one-time Parent Orientation is required.

Kids Clubhouse
Five 157 Center
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(618) 656-1600

Kid's Time Grief Support Group
St. Elizabeth's Hospital
211 S. Third Street
Belleville, IL 62222-1998
(618) 234-2120

Lakeview Psychology Group
1300 W. Belmont Ave suite 10
Chicago, Illinois 60074
Lakeview Psychology Group offers individual and group therapy for children and adolescents dealing with bereavement, preparing to lose a family member to terminal illness, and non-death related losses. Dr. Trauthwein coordinates these services and is certified in Thanatology through The Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

Lauri S. Bauer Foundation For Sudden Loss
1020 Milwaukee Ave. Suite 1020
Deerfield, IL 60015
518 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Project GG: Good Grief
Hospice Angels Foundation, Inc
Participating Cities: Chicago, Elgin & Muncie
Provides a comfort package to bereaved children or children facing the death-related loss of a loved one.

(* NAGC Member)