Support for families who have experienced the loss of a significant individual in their lives.

HERBIE’S FRIENDS

This free, five-week program allows family members who have experienced the loss of a grandparent, mother, father, child or other significant person to share their thoughts, feelings and stories. Families with children ages 5-18 enjoy a provided meal together followed by group activities led by trained facilitators. Youth participants are welcomed into small groups by developmental age, while adults meet separately to learn about children’s grief and receive support.

Registration is required. Spanish interpreters are available. For more information on Herbie’s Friends and upcoming dates in 2018, please contact Jill Thorson, Children’s Bereavement Services Coordinator: phone: 630.232.2233, extension 225; e-mail jthorson@fvhh.net 

UPDATE: Herbie’s Friends Spring 2018 sessions start May 15 and run through June 12. The fall session begins in September. Contact Jill Thorson for details.

GRIEF TAKES A HIKE

Our annual weekend adventure, Grief Takes a Hike, is designed for families who have experienced the death of a family member or other significant individual. This unique weekend allows families to experience the therapeutic value of nature – sharing and processing feelings while enjoying indoor and outdoor activities, like relaxing at the beach or by the campfire, exploring nature, and participating in crafts and even family relay races!

Grief Takes a Hike teaches families to:

  • IDENTIFY positive and helpful coping skills
  • UNDERSTAND how loss-of-life grief affects adults and children differently
  • LEARN the benefits of self-care and how parents can balance their grief with their child’s grieving needs
  • RECOGNIZE the value of the support group process
  • FIND hope after loss, and
  • ENJOY activities as a family.

In conjunction with Presence Health, Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides transportation for GTAH families from FVHH offices in Geneva, IL to our weekend retreat in southern Wisconsin and back. Meals and lodging are included. Spanish-language interpretation is available upon request.

Our 2018 Grief Takes a Hike event will take place August 3-5. If your family, or a family you know, could benefit from our annual Grief Takes a Hike program, we invite you to contact our Children’s Bereavement Services Coordinator, Jill Thorson, at 630.232.2233 x225 or email Jill at jthorson@fvhh.net for more information.