Programs in Illinois
Buddy's Place of Pillars*
1023 Burlington Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
Catholic Charities LOSS Program for Children and Youth *
721 N LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60654
The LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide ) Program for Children addresses the needs of children and youth impacted by suicide. We help them to make sense of the loss and move through the grief process in a developmentally appropriate way that minimizes unhealthy expressions of grief.
Heartlinks Grief Center*
5110 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226
One Million Monarchs*
Cary, IL 60013
The Mission of One Million Monarchs is to assemble a healing path forward for high school students grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or close friend by encouraging expression and personal growth, supporting grieving parents, and providing resources to lessen the financial burden of loss.
Rainbows For All Children*
614 Dempster St., Suite C
Evanston, IL 60202
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.
2231 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL 60015
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. Some services may be offered in Spanish.
The Auditorium Theatre's Hearts the Arts
The Auditorium Theatre
50 E Ida B Wells Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Hearts for the Arts is a unique performing arts camp brings together young people between the ages of 7 and 14 who have experienced the death of a parent to encourage the healing power of creative play. Through the exploration and creation of dance, theatre, and music, Hearts to Art inspires communication and collaboration, fosters emotional growth, and provides friendship, compassion and community. Through interaction with young people who have experienced a similar loss, campers understand they are not alone.
Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation
7820 Graphics Dr. Suite 106
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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.
Adventist St. Thomas Hospice
Camp TK & Tommy's Kids Summer Camp
119 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 111
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Camp TK is a free, weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6–18 (If still in HS). Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp is a five-day day camp where children ages 5-12 come together to talk about their loss, remember special times, meet new friends and have fun.
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.
Lightways Grief Support Program
Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care, founded as Joliet Area Community Hospice
Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care 250 Water Stone Circle
Joliet, Illinois 60431
The Grief Support Program at Lightways provides individual and family grief counseling, on-going grief 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 While Grieving support group, Grieving the Loss of a Child support group, an annual Pet Loss Memorial and special programs around Mother's and Father's Days. All services free of charge.
BraveHeart Youth & Family Loss Group
Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care
3420 Vollmer Road
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Methodist Medical Center - Hospice Services
221 NE Glen Oak
Peoria, IL 61636-0002
Camp Kangaroo Children's Grief Camp
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Illinois
606 Potter Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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
131 N County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Fox Valley Hands of Hope
200 Whitfield Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
Good Mourning Program at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
1550 Bishop Court
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
The Heart Connection: Pastoral Care Department
2800 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Heartlight - Luz del Corazon
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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
4415 W. Harrison Street, Suite 403
Hillside, IL 60162
Illness Navigation Resources (INR)
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.
5225 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Marshak Family Hospice CareCenter
2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
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.
Kid's Time Grief Support Group
St. Elizabeth's Hospital
211 S. Third Street
Belleville, IL 62222-1998
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
(* NAGC Member)