Children, Family & Community


Willow House is a non-profit, social service organization whose sole mission is to support children, families, schools and communities who are coping with grief and the death of a loved one.

Founded in 1998, Willow House is the only independent organization in the state of Illinois solely dedicated to supporting this population. Our mission is based on the proposition that no child or family should ever grieve alone.


Support Groups

Grief Support Groups for Children, Teenagers, Young Adults, and Adults, including a Survivors of Suicide Loss group and Expressive Arts program.


School Programs

School based programs are designed to provide school personnel with the tools and understanding to effectively support grieving students in their community.


Community Service

Willow House strives to advocate for grieving children, teens and families by increasing awareness within a wide variety of community settings.

Events and News

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2nd Annual Benefit of Laughter event It’s ok to laugh again and enjoy an unforgettable evening of comedians, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, raffles, and auction… all in support of the grieving children & families that Willow House serves
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Grief and the Holidays

Find ways to best support those that are grieving this holiday season.


You are cordially invited

Please join us, on October 23rd for the 2nd annual Oktoberfest, an evening of fun Fall activities where kids can be kids and adults can socialize outside of monthly group. We hope to see you! 

Willow House hosts its largest event yet. 

On September 8th, Willow House hosted 360 participants and raised nearly $60,000 at the 11th annual Willow House Walk & 5k Run to Remember at Independence Grove in Libertyville, IL. Thank you to our sponsors, family members, volunteers and all participants in making this our largest event yet. Check out how the day unfolded…

International Joke Day 

This July 1st we want the world to enjoy a few joyful moments as some of our most inspiring family members share some of their favorite jokes.  Our goal at Willow house is to show children and teens ways to stay connected with their loved one, how to cope with their grief and remind them its ok to laugh again.

Registration for Summer Programming is Now Open

Willow House is offering an array of summer programming to keep families connected with their loved ones and to learn new coping skills.  Registration is required.

 Grief and Bereavement Summer Camp Listings 

Be sure to check out this list of Day and Overnight Camps in the area and see how your child(ren) can participate.

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For more than 20 years Willow House has opened its doors to thousands of grieving children, teens and families from all over Illinois…

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