Author: Fox Valley Hands of Hope

Grief and Art Expression

Grief is a difficult beast. Grieving individuals are often asked to express what they are feeling or thinking, so that the people around them can understand how best to support them. In times of immense sorrow, it can be challenging to communicate anything other than “sad,” because grief encompasses so many more emotions than that […]

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FVHH Welcomes New Executive Director

Please join the FVHH Board and staff in welcoming our new Executive Director, Jonathan Shively! The FVHH Board has chosen Jonathan because they see him as a truly caring leader, learner, and listener, whose personal experiences have provided him with great perspective for this role. Jonathan delivers an extensive background in organizational leadership, development, and […]

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Agency Updates During COVID-19

Fox Valley Hands of Hope (FVHH) continues to provide compassionate guidance and support for the grieving at no cost to the community. In the time of COVID-19, when grief seems relentless, we understand that our community needs us now more than ever. That is why it has been the main focus of the agency to […]

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Dear Grieving Parents

Dear grieving parents, I have always admired you. Grieving while parenting means your days are filled with waves of sorrow, moments of unexpected joy and endless other emotions that sneak up on you out of nowhere, all while care giving for humans who depend on you. You take it day by day, moment by moment, […]

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The Backpack

Written by: Pamela Bills, LPC Many grieving people with whom I have spoken recently have expressed that during this time of pandemic, they feel as if their own grief and loss have been minimized.  When others minimize our feelings, or when we ourselves do so, it can be a natural tendency to “shove it down.”  […]

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Play-Doh vs. Rock

Written by: Jill Thorson, LCSW One of my favorite activities to do with grieving youth begins with an old classic, Play-Doh. I give them a small piece of the Play-Doh and explain the rules: in 60 seconds, it has to look different. Some jump right in. They tear and roll pieces, crafting something elaborate. Others […]

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FVHH Annual Update — February E-News

Looking Forward: A Few Words from Executive Director, Beverly DeJovine  To say that my first six months as Executive Director of FVHH was filled with immense learning would be such an understatement.  So many in our FVHH community – our staff, our volunteers, our clients, our Board, our community – have been incredibly generous with […]

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St. Charles WBC Chooses FVHH as a Fundraiser Recipient in 2020! —January E-News 2020

Yesterday, the Women’s Business Council of St. Charles Chamber of Commerce (WBC) hosted a luncheon to announce and recognize their three 2020 charities, which included Fox Valley Hands of Hope! Not All Wounds Bleed and Kane County Repertory Theater were also in attendance as recipients for 2020. Lunch was accompanied by presentations from all of the benefiting organizations. Fox […]

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