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Bereavement Support Groups

New grief support group at St. Thomas
A new support group for people grieving the death of a loved one meets on the first Tuesday of each month at St. Thomas, from 8:45–10:00 a.m. For information, call Connie at 847-358-6999.

Begin Again!
Support for widows and widowers. Meets the first and third Friday of each month from 7:30–9 p.m., Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights. Call 847-618-4250.

To Be Joyful Again
A non-denominational support group for widows, widowers or anyone who has lost a significant other. Meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., followed by a social hour or speaker at 8 p.m. Holy Family Parish, 2515 W. Palatine Rd., Inverness. Call Elaine at 847-705-9886 for details.

Joyful Again! Widowed Ministry Program
June 22 and 23, Holy Family Medical Center, Des Plaines
June 29 and 30, St. Julie Billiart Parish, Tinley Pk. Find joy in living again! For information or to register, call 708-354-7211. Email or visit

For widowed men and women
Being widowed is a special loss, and this program is designed especially to help the widowed find hope and joy again. There will be a retreat/workshop Jan. 10 and 11, 2015, at Our Lady of the Angels House of Prayer (located in Lemont on Alvernia Manor's campus). Includes overnight and meals. Space limited—register early. Call Joyful Again Widowed Ministry at 708-354-7211.

St. Francis Xavier Parish Bereavement Ministry
The St. Francis Xavier Parish Bereavement Ministry presents "Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies: Loving from the Outside In, Mourning From the Inside out," by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., author, educator and grief counselor. Mon., June 10, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., in the Xavier Room, 524 Ninth St., Wilmette, IL 60091. Reservations recommended but not required. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 847-256-2273, ext. 0, or email (Please leave your name and contact number with your reservation.)

Center for Grief Recovery—Institute for Creativity, Chicago; Counseling Center helping persons who are dealing with emotionally intense experiences such as grief, loss, trauma, depression or abuse. At 1263 W. Loyola, Chicago. 773-274-4600.

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice; Hinsdale, West of Chicago; Hospice.aspx. A not-for-profit organization located just west of Chicago that provides healthcare to terminally ill individuals, but also provides grief services, free of charge, to ages four to seniors. At 120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale. 630-856-9000.

Little Company of Mary Hospice
An adult drop-in grief and loss support group meets the third Monday of every month, 1–3 p.m., at Oak Lawn Public Library, Lower Level, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. To register and for more information, call Aida Pigott, LCSW, CADC direct at 708-229-6947. Also, please inquire about more intensive group series.

Southern Suburbs
Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Pk., IL. Living When a Loved One Has Died, six-week program. Call 708-229-5480.

Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 8th Ave., Palos Heights, IL. Conversation and Comfort. Call 630- 257-1111.

Calvary Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, IL. Helpmates. Call 708-429-2200.

Zion Lutheran Church, 17100 S. 70th Ave., Tinley Park, IL. South West Suburban Widow and Widowers Group. Call Bill at 708-856-2713.

Living Spring Community Church, 19051 S. Halsted St., Glenwood, IL. Call 708-709-0100.

Western Suburbs
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL.
Two groups: General Journey Toward Healing Support Group, and Young Widows and Widowers Support Group. Call Nancy Kirchner, 708-216-1646.

Christ Church of Oakbrook, Oakbrook, IL. Call 630-654-1882.

St. Johns Church, LaGrange, IL. Thursdays 6:30–8:30 p.m. Call 708-354-1650.

Good Samaritan Support Group, 3815 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, IL. Call Pat Vaci, 630-275- 1520.

Elgin Evangelical Free Church, 1900 Big Timber Rd., Elgin, IL. Call 847-695-8812.

Christ Community Church, St. Charles, IL. Call 630-485-3300.

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, Hinsdale, IL. Call 630-856-6990.

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide
L.O.S.S. meets the third Wednesday of each month from 7–9 p.m. A support group facilitated by the staff of Catholic Charities at Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Rd., Inverness. Call Diane R. at 312- 655-7285 for more information.

Companions through Grief
Monthly group meeting with trained professionals from Alexian Brothers Hospice Bereavement staff. Meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 800 Biesterfield Rd., Elk Grove. Call 888-466-6011.

Spousal Bereavement
Meets the first Thursday of each month from 10–11:30 a.m. At St. Alexius Medical Center, 1555 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates. Call 630-233-5118 to register.

Westlake Hospital
Grief support workshop to help adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. An evening of education, support and renewal. Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30–8 p.m. Westlake Hospital, 1225 W. Lake St., Melrose Pk. To register, call 708-938-7284.

Hope and Healing Grief Support Group.
Author and Certified Peace Coach Maria Malin moderates the group. Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. St. Patrick Church Community Room, 950 W. Everett, Lake Forest. Call 847-234-1401, ext. 208, or visit

Rainbow Hospice
Holding Onto Hope. A monthly day-time group for widowed persons 55 years of age and older who are grieving the loss of a spouse. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 1–2:30 p.m. Registration is required. $5 per session. To register, call 847-692-8884.
Widowed Support Group. An ongoing support group that addresses the losses faced by persons who have been widowed less than two years. Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 7–8:30 p.m. $5 per session. To register, please call 847-692-8884.
Life Transitions Group. An ongoing support group for those who have been widowed for one to four years. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1–2:30 p.m. Volunteer facilitated. $5 per session.
Unless noted, all Rainbow Hospice support groups meet at the Park Ridge Nonprofit Center at 720 Garden St.

Polish Grief Support.
An ongoing support group for Polish-speaking bereaved who have lost a loved one any time during the past two years. Meets the second Saturday of each month from 1–2:30 p.m. Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, 1550 Bishop Court, Mount Prospect. Fee: $5 per session. To register, please call 847-292-2342.

St. Edna Support Groups
Butterflies. This is a new support group for parents who have lost a baby due to premature birth, miscarriage or stillborn. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.
Good Mourning Program. An ongoing support group for children and families who have lost a loved one through death. Preliminary interview required. Meets the third Monday of each month from 6:45-8 p.m. $5 per session. For location and registration, please call 847-692-8885.
Morning Light. Afternoon support group for those who have been widowed. Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m.
Mourning Circle. Evening grief support group for those who have been widowed. Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
PIETA. For mothers who have lost a son or a daughter. Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.
Phoenix Group. For those struggling with divorce. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.

All St. Edna groups meet at 2525 N. Arlington Hts. Rd., Arlington Heights. Call Margaret Moser, director of human concerns, at 847-398-3362 with any questions. Feel free to bring a friend.

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