Support Groups

Support Groups

Adult grief support group services 

Grief support is provided by experienced group facilitators who are knowledgeable in the type of loss being addressed for each specialized group. Opportunities for social interactions with people who understand the type of loss the client is experiencing are identified and encouraged. Resources and handouts specific to the type of loss being addresses are shared with the group.

All adult support groups are held in a confidential environment at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s facilities in Geneva. To register, please call Christy Pitol, Manager of Bereavement Services (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Adult support groups for specific losses

Footprints 

This unique six-week program supports parents and adult family members who are coping with a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Short-term individual counseling is available at no charge during the interim between groups. TBD

Registration/Interview Required:                Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                    Yes

Duration of Group:                                        6 Weeks

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Light Finders

This is a six-week support group for survivors of suicide loss. People can find this type of loss to be especially lonely, painful and confusing. This group provides a safe environment to talk openly — a place where others will listen without judging and a place to share experiences with others who understand this loss. This group meets at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s facilities in Geneva. Thursdays, June 1 to July 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Registration/Interview Required:              Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                  Yes

Duration of Group:                                      6 Weeks

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

M.A.L.E.S. (Men After a Loss Expressing Themselves Safely)

We realize that grieving can be particularly difficult for men who are expected to be “strong” and often bottle up their feelings. Many men who appear to be adjusting well to the death of their loved one may be suffering silently. M.A.L.E.S. helps men grieve by allowing them to freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men. Coffee and donuts are provided.

This group meets at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s facilities in Geneva on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.

Registration/Interview Required:              Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                  No 

Duration of Group:                                      Ongoing

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Memories of Mom Workshop

This group is for adult daughters who have lost their mothers. This is a one night workshop, we will explore the many ways a mother’s influence contributes to who we are. Coping with grief, changed roles within the family, regret, gratitude, forgiveness and dreams lost and renewed are a few of the other topics to be discussed. This group offers a safe place to express grief and share memories of mom.

This group meets at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s facilities in Geneva on Monday, May 1st from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Registration/Interview Required:              Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                  Yes

Duration of Group:                                      1.5 Hours

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Next Step

This monthly support group allows individuals who have lost a spouse or life partner to discuss grief issues in a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment. Meetings are held every second Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s facilities in Geneva.

May 11: Practicing Mindfulness and Being Present in Your Life
July 13: The Passion Test Tool
September 14:
Financial Planning for Different Future

Registration/Interview Required:              Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                  No

Duration of Group:                                      Ongoing

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Pathways

This seven-week group addresses issues faced by those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. Emotional support is offered, as well as assistance with accepting the death and coping with grief. Attendance in Pathways is strongly encouraged before participating in Weaver’s Circle or Next Step.

This group meets at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s facilities in Geneva on Mondays, May 8 to June 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Registration/Interview Required:             Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                 Yes

Duration of Group:                                     7 Weeks

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Crossroads

The program is designed specifically for those who have attended the PATHWAYS group. Each member will go through an assessment process performed by FVHH Adult Bereavement Manager to determine the course that is best for prospective group member.  This assessment will determine if the participant should attend Pathways again to further explore the depths of loss or is ready to explore other issues pertaining to loss through Crossroads. The Crossroads group is for people who have accepted the reality of the death loss, explored many of the initial feelings which occur within the first two years of loss and now are seeking a new life direction. For more information and to register please contact Christy Pitol at (630) 232-2233

Registration/Interview Required:             Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                 Yes

Duration of Group:                                     7 Weeks

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).

Weaver’s Circle

Designed for people ages 50 and over who have experienced the death of a spouse, Weaver’s Circle offers support and friendship through monthly dinners. To be placed on the Weaver’s Circle mailing list, please call Fox Valley Hands of Hope at 630.232.2233.

Registration/Interview Required:              Yes

Refundable Deposit Required:                  No

Duration of Group:                                      Ongoing

To register, please contact Christy Pitol (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 230; e-mail: cpitol@fvhh.net).