COVID-19 Grief Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Grief Resources and Updates

Services During COVID-19

COVID-19 brings a grief experience that is new and complicated for many of us. Willow House has 22 years of experience supporting children, families, schools, professional groups and communities coping with grief and trauma. So much of what we know we have learned from those we have served, including Chicago area children, families and survivors of 9-11.

With our 22 years of learning and a mission devoted to supporting those coping with grief and trauma, we are expanding our services to include support for children, families, professional groups and communities affected by COVID-19.

We are here to help.

Willow House mental health professionals are responding to all inquiries during regular business hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Calling outside hours? Email us or leave a message and we will return your call!

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (847) 236-9300

bereavement support

Grief Support for Children, Teens, Adults and Families

Support groups are available virtually two times a month for ages 3 and above. Click here to learn more about Willow House groups. Willow House group services are provided FREE of charge.

Parents and Child Caregivers​

Willow House provides workshops and consultations for parents and other child caregivers addressing how best to support grieving children and teens affected by COVID-19. Contact us if you are looking for support or guidance on how to support the bereaved.

Included are tips and activities on supporting your children or teens, information on the developmental stages of grief, as well as self-care and coping skills that will help a family process and express their emotions during a pandemic. Click here to download.

Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Willow House is providing immediate grief and trauma education through consultation, trainings, workshops, webinars and resource provision, directed at supporting hospital staff, healthcare workers and first responders coping with grief and traumatic mental health challenges on the front lines of COVID-19.

School Professionals Caring for Students

Willow House offers training, workshops and consultation for school and college professionals caring for COVID-19 affected students and families.

Included are tips and activities for school counselors, teachers, and staff on how to best support your students and families, including information on the developmental stages of grief, as well as self-care and coping skills that will help students to process and express their emotions during a pandemic. Click here to download.

Community Organizations

Workshops and consultation services are available for community organizations, professional groups, agencies, funeral service providers, corporations and others in need of grief and mental health support.

Referrals & Resources

Referral services are available to clinicians with expertise in complicated grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, and more for those who could benefit from counseling support.

Willow House has put together a collection of grief-related activities and handouts for families to do at home while groups are unable to meet in person. Check back as additional resources may be added over time:

Resources

Supporting Grieving Children and Teens during COVID-19

A toolkit for parents and child caregivers. Download Toolkit

Supporting Grieving Students during COVID-19

A toolkit for school teachers, counselors and staff.
Download Toolkit

The Golden Sweater

The Golden Sweater is a story about a little boy named Kai who, together with his mother, learns how to navigate a profound loss in their family. Download

NAGC
Responding to Change and Loss

A tool for caregivers from the NAGC on helping children and teens. Download Toolkit | Descargar En Español

Funeral Alternatives

Find alternative ways to say goodbye even while social distancing, and additional resources from Highmark Caring Place.
Download

Talking to Your Child

A Parent Guide: How to Talk to Your Child about COVID-19. Read More

Family Activities

Activities On Grief To Do At Home With Your Child. Read More

Mental Health

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty.
Read More

Supporting Children & Teens When a Family Member is Dying in a Hospital or Care Facility

From the Dougy Center. Read More