Loss of your Parent - and 'Guiding Star'

It doesn’t matter whether you’re 20, 40 or 60 years old – once you’ve lost a mother, father or parental figure, your bereavement is substantial, and your life has changed. Fox Valley Hands of Hope can help you move through your grief.

Individual support is available.

After one of our licensed clinicians determines your grief counseling needs, you will be paired with a FVHH volunteer who is extensively trained in all aspects of grief support. The volunteer will work with you for 16 months, providing a “listening ear” and identifying additional resources as needed during this difficult time – all at no charge to you. For adults 18 years of age and older. Call 630.232.2233 x230 for more information, or email Christy Pitol at cpitol@fvhh.net

ADDITIONAL GROUP PROGRAMS

Even if you are in your adult years when your parent dies, you respond to their death as the child of your parent. At age 30, 40 or even 60, their death will impact you.

We often feel our parents will always be our “guiding star.” Their death may leave you feeling abandoned and vulnerable, wondering what you’ll do without that safety net.

Please join this six-week group, provided free to the community, to explore feelings you may have and to understand the complexities of this type of loss with others who have also lost their parent.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (July 10 – August 21)
WHERE: FVHH offices, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva IL

For more information, contact Christy Pitol at 630.232.2233 or email her at cpitol@fvhh.net

The Fox Valley Hands of Hope M.A.L.E.S. support group was developed specifically for men who are grieving the loss of a loved one, providing a forum where guys can “let go” and freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men who are experiencing the same challenges.

M.A.L.E.S. group sessions are facilitated by trained, experienced group leaders. This open (drop in) group meets the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts provided. For more information, call 630-232-2233 or email info@fvhh.net

M.A.L.E.S. is sponsored by Moss Funeral Home

This is an ongoing monthly program to provide support for those seeking a new life after their loss. Life After Caregiving addresses topics such as navigating through grief and the loss of your role as a caregiver.

This is an open group; however, registration is required. Life After Caregiving meets the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information, call 630-232-2233 or email Christy Pitol at cpitol@fvhh.net

Life After Caregiving is sponsored by Moss Funeral Home

If you’ve 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.

More information on the 2018-19 Hope for the Holidays program will be available in the fall.