Do you need grief support for your family?

Losing a member of your family is extremely difficult. You may ask yourself how it is even possible to move without that important person. Our group family programs can bring your loved-ones together in the the wake of a loss.

A licensed clinician supervises all programs and will assist you to determine your needs. For more information on these programs, email

For anyone who has lost a loved one, the holiday season can trigger powerful emotions. Hope for the Holidays, a program conducted by Fox Valley Hands of Hope from November through January, provides participants with coping skills to get through the holiday season and, if appropriate, incorporate the memory of their loved ones into holiday traditions. A concurrent program is conducted for children.

There will be two virtual and two in-person options available. 

November 10th 6:30 – 8 p.m. Virtual

November 11th 6:30 – 8 p.m. In-Person200 Whitfield Drive Geneva, IL 60134

December 8th 6:30 – 8 p.m.

December 9th 6:30 – 8 p.m. In-Person200 Whitfield Drive Geneva, IL 60134

This program will bring together families who are coping with loss for a day of fun, hope, and healing. With our trained volunteers, clinical staff, and the natural resources in Kane County’s own backyard, Family Forest Days offers a chance to honor lost loved ones and receive compassionate support while making new memories together.

There are three opportunities and locations to join this program! A complimentary lunch is provided for all participants.

June 26th from 9am-3pm at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve. RSVP by: June 11th

July 25th from 9am-3pm at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. RSVP by: July 9th

August 21st from 9am-3pm at Campton Forest Preserve. RSVP by: August 6th

This family day camp is provided completely free of charge to you; however, due to IDPH guidelines, space is limited. Spots will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Register by clicking this link. If you have any additional questions about this camp, please email

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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.

If your family, or a family you know, could benefit from our annual Grief Takes a Hike program, we invite you to email at

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, email at