Get Involved!

Fox Valley Hands of Hope offers a wide variety of support groups and programs that cater to every kind of grief. We also host fundraising and awareness events throughout the year.

The programs listed below are either single day sessions held once a year, or are on-going and held once every month in the year. Click here to learn more about our multi-week programs and individual counseling. Want to enroll in a program? Email griefsupport@fvhh.net to learn how to get involved.

The fundraisers listed below are either on-going or happening soon! Want to participate in a fundraiser? Email info@fvhh.net to see how you can help!

Events

Love craft beer and supporting FVHH? Mark your calendar for our 2024 event at a NEW location! Sunday, February 25, at Black & Gray Brewing Company in East Dundee. Click here to purchase tickets.

Join us for a night of chef-created comfort food benefiting Fox Valley Hands of Hope! Sunday, April 28, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Company 251, Aurora, IL

Click for details and to register.

Love golf? Why not play a round while supporting a great cause?  Mark your calendar now for Monday, August 5, 2024 at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. Registration and sponsorship information coming soon!!

Endeavor is a charity art exhibition, competition, and auction that will benefit local artists and Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Watch this space for more details about Endeavor 2024 on October 12 for a night of fine art, dining and music.

Are you interest in hosting a Do-It-Yourself Fundraiser on behalf of Fox Valley Hands of Hope? Click here to learn more.

Programs

This free six-week program is for families with children ages 5-18 who have experienced a death loss. The group meets on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm and starts with a meal before participants are welcomed into groups based on age, while adults will meet separately to receive support and learn about children’s grief.  

Registration is now open – to learn more, email Associate Executive Director Jacquelyn Jennings at jjennings@fvhh.net

 

A new book club focusing on grief and growth. “Turning the Page” will meet on the first and third Mondays of the month, beginning March 4, 2024. Registered participants will receive an email with details about the pages to be discussed. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis. Our first book is “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. Copies will be reserved at the St. Charles Public Library.

Registration is now open  REGISTER HERE

 

Join us at the National Alliance for Children’s Grief National Conference for an innovative and interactive workshop: The Multiverse of Grief: A Multicultural + Expressive Arts Approach to being in relationship with diverse grief narratives; A Grieving Hero’s Journey Through an Intersectional Identity Lens for Children + Adolescents. Delve into the intricate tapestry of grief as it performs across diverse cultural intersections. Participants will explore embodied grief through metaphorical lenses, drawing parallels with the transformative narratives found in the framework of a graphic novel, drawing from comic book narratives such as the X-MEN, Batman, and many many others.

This workshop introduces Drama Therapy and Role Theory + Methods, offering an expressive arts approach to grief work that considers cultural humility and social justice. Uncover grief roles specific to various communities, acknowledging the nuances of embodied grief. Through didactic and experiential learning processes, participants will engage in population and person centered grief planning.

We will broaden our understanding of grief beyond conventional boundaries, exploring collective, disenfranchised, suffocated, and non-death related grief. Delve into cultural responsibilities in serving youth populations, focusing on language, verbal and non-verbal communication, aesthetics, and the overall experience.

Pulling from the work of Joseph Campbel’s ‘Hero’s Journey’, participants will take away a tangible directive to support youth in relationship with their grief and bereavement narratives through the creation of their own Super Hero or Shero Graphic Novel.

This workshop promises a unique journey, weaving research and data into a rich fabric of exploration, fostering a connected and empathetic approach to grief across diverse cultural landscapes.

Continuing Education Credits are available.

REGISTER HERE

 

M.A.L.E.S. is an on-going support group for men who have lost a loved one. The acronym stands for “Men After Loss Expressing themselves Safely.”

This drop-in group meets the second Saturday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m at the Grief Hope Center.  No registration is required.

Just come and join the conversation!  Donuts and coffee provided.

Join us Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin to participate in this unique annual remembrance service for those who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or neonatal loss. 

A seminar focused on helping process grief during the holiday season, including ways to incorporate loved ones into holiday traditions. 

This program will bring together families who are coping with loss for a day of fun, hope, and healing. 

Check back frequently for announcements about upcoming Family Forest Day activities!

 

Life After Caregiving is an on-going support group for former Caregivers who have lost a loved-one along with their role as a Caregiver.

 

This program has already occurred. Please check back for the 2024 date for this annual workshop.

This program has already occurred. Please check back for the 2024 dates.

This event has passed. Stay tuned for more educational opportunities coming in the near future!

FVHH will present a free 45-minute educational seminar on the psychopathology of grief on Wednesday, August 23. The program will be presented at 1:00 pm, and again at 6:30 pm. We invite you to learn about the cognitive science behind grief, why we grieve and what our brains are doing while we grieve.

While there is no cost to attend, space is limited and registration is required. Email atorres@fvhh.net before August 20, 2023 to reserve your spot.