COVID-19 Grief Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Grief Resources and Updates

Services During COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought a new experience to grief that is unique and complicated. Willow House has 22 years of experience supporting children, families, schools, professional groups and communities coping with grief and trauma. We are here to help.

Willow House mental health professionals are responding to inquiries: Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Calling outside hours? Email us or leave a message and we will return your call.

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

bereavement support

Support for Children, Families and Child Caregivers

  • Peer Support Groups twice a month for ages 3 and above. Willow House group services are provided FREE of charge. Learn more about Willow House groups
  • Consultation and workshops such as “Parenting grieving children & teens affected by COVID-19”.
  • Toolkit for parents & child caregivers to download, as well as grief-related activities and handouts to do at home.

School and Community Organizations

  • Training & consultation for schools, community organizations, social service agencies, professional groups and other businesses.
  • “Train the trainer” workshops for staff who would benefit personally and professionally from education & support related to grief and trauma experience especially among those students, children and families they serve.
  • Toolkit for school professionals to download on supporting grieving students.

Healthcare Workers and First Responders

  • Consultation, trainings, webinars, supportive services & resources for healthcare workers and first responders coping with grief and trauma on the front lines of COVID-19, including “Train the trainer” workshops.
The Brave of Heart Fund

The Brave of Heart Fund is providing financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of healthcare workers who lose their lives to COVID-19. Learn more or apply here.

Referrals & Resources

  • Clinical referrals for those who would benefit from specialized supportive services for grief, trauma, anxiety, depression and other challenging effects related to COVID-19.

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 | Descargar En Español

Supporting Grieving Students during COVID-19

A toolkit for school teachers, counselors and staff. Download Toolkit | Descargar En Español

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

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

From the Dougy Center. Read More

The Golden Sweater

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

Mental Health

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

Family Activities

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

Talking to Your Child

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

Mental Health

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

Family Activities

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

Talking to Your Child

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

Well-Being Wednesday Series

Join in each week with Willow House Program Manager, Lauren Wozniak, LPC, ATR to learn coping skills meant for those dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one during this time.

A Children's Story about Social Distancing

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing. Written by Kim St. Lawrence and Read by Ryan St. Lawrence