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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Grief and Loss Resources for Children and Teens

Sgt. JoJoe



Grief and Loss Resources
for Children and Teens,
Chicagoland








Military family resources

TRICARE Behavior Health care services provided for times of stress, depression,
grief and anxiety, inpatient/outpatient and web-based assistance programs.
www.tricare.mil/mybenefit


TRICARE North Region, Health Net Federal Services, LLC, 1-877-TRICARE
(1-877-874-2273)  www.healthnetfederalservices.com

Military Health System Web Site:  www.health.mil

Vet Centers:  www.vetcenter.va.gov  Bereavement Counseling Services: 202-273-9116
or email vet.center@va.gov

Military OneSource short term, solution focused counseling for areas such as stress
management, couples communications, parent-child communications, grief and loss,
financial management, anxiety, self-esteem, loneliness and critical life decisions. 
www.militaryonesource.com  or call 1-800-342-9647

TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – Caring for the families of our fallen
heroes through comprehensive services including peer based emotional support, case work
assistance, crisis intervention and grief and trauma resources.
http://www.taps.org/survivors/ or call …

     800-959-TAPS (8277), a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week national toll-free help line

TAPS Good Grief camp: Camp Erin/Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center,
a free bereavement camp designed for children and teens ages 6 to 17.  
815-398-0500 or   www.rockford.grief

Military Family Life Consultants provides non-medical, short term situational, problem
solving counseling services. 1-800-327-2133
www.mhngs.com/app/programsandservices/mflc_program.content

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network addressing the unique challenges related to
military life and culture. Includes resources for deployment-related stressors such as parental
separation, family reunification and reintegration as well as children experiencing the trauma
of welcoming home a parent who returns with a combat injury or illness, or of facing a parent’s
death.  http://nctsnet.org/ or 310-235-2633  NCTSN online resources:
www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org/resources/category-4_families

Hands Together, Heart to Art, Variety-The Children’s Charity of Illinois, An inspiring
program addressing children’s grief and loss using dance, theater and song as a means to help
children grow reflect and heal:  312-822-0660, www.varietyclub26.org.index.html or emailinfo@varietyofillinois.org

The Institute for Therapy Through the Arts, provides creative arts therapy services for
individuals and families at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Evanston, Highland Park and
Winnetka campuses. Blog descriptions at www.follow thewall.org or email Katherine
Dillingham at kdillingham@musicinst.org

Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. Online resources at] 
www.zerotothree.org/ or phone 800-899-4301

Military Child Education Coalition, resources focused on ensuring quality educational
opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
www.militarychild.org or call 254-953-1923

Resources for teachers, counselors, administration and parents

Preschool – age 10

Sesame Street Talk, Listen, Connect – Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
http://archive.sesameworkshop.org/tlc/

Adolescent

National Military Family Association: A toolkit about Military Teens
http://www.militaryfamily.org/publications/kids-toolkit/

All ages

Rainbows International Grief Support Organization: Guiding Kids Through
Life’s Storms, Learn how to start Rainbows or how to find a site near your school
http://www.rainbows.org/

Chicagoland Support for Children/Teens:  Many of the services listed are free but please
phone for details of fees, group schedules and requirements for pre-registration. Note: hospices listed below
do not require that a loved one has ever used hospice for family to attend and benefit from the bereavement
resources!

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, Hinsdale, Tommy’s Kids Bereavement Support Group
for ages 4-18, Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp for ages 5-12 and Family Nights once a month.
Contact: Rosie or Heather at 630.856.6985

Alexian Brothers Parish Services, Schaumburg, 6-week children’s grief support group,
“Grief, a Child’s Journey” Contact: 866-253-9426 or www.alexianbrothershealth.org/alexianconnects

Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center, provides counseling services to bereaved children and
their families; makes these services accessible to underserved communities; and provides
training and consultation about childhood grief for those who work directly with children or
indirectly on their behalf. 312-922-7474, ext 310 or www.barrharris.org

Buddy’s Place, a program of Pillars, Buddy’s Place is a bereavement program offering
8-week family-based support groups to grieving children, teens and their families plus,
Monthly Support Gatherings and Peer Support Groups.  Contact: Kelly at 708.995.3750  or
http://www.pillarscommunity.org/

Catholic Charities, Spanish speaking resources Contact: 312-655-7700

Center for Grief Recovery & Therapeutic Services, therapy and support group services
for children and teens. 773-274-4600   www.griefcounselor.org
 
Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Geneva, provides individual bereavement support,
bereavement support groups for children, short-term grief counseling and Herbie’s Friends,
a program where family members & children ages 5 to 18 receive support. Contact Carol
Ann Richeson or Christy Pitol at (630) 232-2233 http://www.fvvh.org/

Herbie House, Aurora, support for bereaved children, 708-896-1456

Horizon Hospice, Downtown Chicago and Olympia Fields, Braveheart Grief Support
Group for Youth & Families, individual counseling for children and adults, school
outreach including in-school counseling sessions and crisis support and various workshops
for school and other professionals who work with grief. Contact: Rachel 773.603.2470
(downtown) and Theresa (708) 441-8278 (Chicago South) www.horizonhospice.org/

Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, Barrington, offers individual
and group grief support for children and adults who are grieving  the death of a loved one.
Remember U gives children, adolescents, and teens (ages 6-18) and their parents/guardians
a safe and supportive place to express their grief and share treasured memories.
Camp Courage, a day camp for children ages 6-13, is held each July and provides a fun
and supportive environment in which children are encouraged to express their feelings, learn
healthy coping skills, and find hope and healing in the comfort of others coping with loss.
Contact: 224-770-CARE (2273) or  email bereavement@hospiceanswers.org.

Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, We provide a trauma group for
children as part of The Heart Connection Program and offer Hispanic Support Services.
http://www.lcmh.org/ and contacts include: Peg Schneider, Chaplain/ Ber. Co-coord. (The
Heart Connection & Living When A Loved One Has Died): 708-229-5484 
Katie Yelverton: 708-229-4299, Meghan Llanes, (Spanish speaking) : 708-229-4299,
Compassionate Friends, Richalena Taylor 708-748-6840, Barr Harris Children's Grief,
Sharon Williams, LCSW: 708-229-9816

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, “Journey Toward Healing support group.
Contact: Nancy Keel 708-216-1646

Midwest CareCenter, Glenview, Individual, family and group counseling facilitated by
licensed counselors and social workers to families affected by the death of a loved one.
Education and workshops for school personnel focusing on children’s grief and grief group
topics. Special events throughout the year plus CampCare, children and teen summer
program. Contact:  http://www.carecenter.org/  or Sheila Yousuf-Abramson, LCSW
847/556-1582

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Mount Prospect, Offers Good Mourning program
for children and teens (3-18), young adults (19-25) and families, which meets once a month
(evening) in Des Plaines area. Registration required at 847 692 8885. As a part of this support
program we have weekend Family Camp in September and Holiday Gathering in December.

Willow House, dedicated to supporting children, teens, families and communities who are
coping with death and dying. Primary services include peer support groups, educational
resources and referrals, community outreach and special programs and workshops.
847-236-9300   www.willowhouse.org