Community Services

Community Based Support Services

​Willow House strives to advocate for grieving children, teens and families by increasing awareness within a wide variety of community settings. Willow House provides education and crisis intervention support to many schools, community groups, corporations and other local organizations. The goal for reaching our community is to educate and empower those who work with, care for and support grieving individuals. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that death will touch our community. Willow House is here to help you prepare for and respond to this challenging inevitability.

Consultation, Crisis Intervention and Grief Education

Willow House offers a full range of consulting services for those who seek more comprehensive information or support, including:

Neighborhood and community gatherings in response to a death or impending death
Educational consultation
Program and policy development and facilitation
In-services and workshops for professionals
Provision of resources and educational materials
Referrals to other mental health professionals when necessary

Below are just a few of the community organizations Willow House has collaborated with:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Chicago FBI Victim Specialist
Illinois Funeral Director’s Association
Heartlight – Lurie Children’s Hospital
Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA)
Gilda’s Club Chicago
Anshe Emet Synagogue
McHenry County – Mental Health Board
Trustmark
Bernie’s Book Bank
National Louis University
Lincolnshire Academy of Dance
Port Clinton Art FestivalNorthshore University HealthSystem
Compass Health Center
Goldman Funeral Group
Temple Chai
First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights
Chicago Public Schools
Catholic Community of Northbrook
Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club
The Compassionate Friends
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
CATS Aquatic Team
Ela Township
Univ. of Illinois – Jane Adams School of Social Work
Stevenson High School
Village of Northbrook
Loyola University

Willow House provides consultation and referrals to those supporting and caring for grieving children and families – in their home, workplace, or other community settings – as well as in the therapeutic setting. Our clinical staff maintains an updated referral file of mental health professionals throughout the Chicago area who are experienced working with grieving children, teens and families. The resources serve as referrals for Willow House group members, community members and professionals calling for assistance.

If there is a particular presentation or consultation opportunity you seek from Willow House, please click the button below to fill out a Request for Presentation. Please contact us with any questions or for additional information: (847) 236-9300 or info@willowhouse.org.

On behalf of the Health Education Department at Glenbrook South High School, thank you for your “marathon performance”. Your presentation on suicide helped our students understand the emotional complexities behind this problem. It also gave them the opportunity to ask questions and express their feelings in a safe environment. I look forward to many more opportunities in the future to work with you and Willow House in order to provide the best mental health education for our students. Again, many thanks for your time and dedication.

- Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL

Workshops and Trainings

Special workshops are also offered with topics and activities of particular interest to those dealing with grief in the community. If you are a community organization and have a specific request, please email info@willowhouse.org or call (847) 236-9300.

Annually, Willow House hosts a comprehensive 20 hours training program for community members to become a volunteer facilitator at our evening peer support groups. The training program is generally offered 1-2 times a year. More information about the next training program will be provided to candidates who submit a volunteer application and indicate that they are interested in becoming a Volunteer Facilitator. Facilitators are also expected to attend additional in-services as presented. Click here to learn more about becoming a Volunteer Facilitator.