Coping with Loss

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Unfortunately, not all stories end with “happily ever after.” Pregnancy loss and the grief that accompanies it leave many parents searching for answers and support. We acknowledge that this pain is real and want to be available to you should this be your story. We encourage you to contact us to see how we can help. Our counselors have been trained through the MISS Foundation and we encourage you to visit their website for more information www.missfoundation.org.

Services:

Initial Consultation – Meet with one of our compassionate bereavement care certified providers to discuss your story and see how we might be able to help.

One on One Support– Continue to meet with one of our compassionate bereavement care certified providers as needed allowing her to walk with you, help you connect with your feelings, and help you discover ways to cope with the overwhelming sense of loss.

Monthly Peer Support Meetings – Meet with other parents (when you’re ready) to support and care for each other. Day and time TBD.

*Services are not to be confused with professional counseling and therapy which may also be advised.

We will try to provide you with some valuable coping skills and resources that we have found that may be helpful to you. Your story is meant to be shared… and we’re here to listen!

Contact Us

Julie Levandoski, RN, BSN, Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider – MISS Foundation

Julie LevandoskiJulie is a Registered Nurse with experience in Labor & Delivery, Infertility and in the OB/Gyn office setting. She is a wife and mother of three living children and one angel baby, Justin, who was born sleeping in 2005. Her birth story has led her to seek training with the MISS Foundation to help other families who also have experienced the loss of a child.

Julie became a Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider in June 2014. She currently serves as a volunteer peer support group facilitator and HOPE mentor in the Chicagoland area. She is thrilled to partner with Once Upon a Lullaby to bring her compassionate spirit and expertise to the Elmhurst area.

Marcia Huizinga, RN, BSN, Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider 

Once Upon A Lullaby Founder and Owner and InstructorMarcia is a registered nurse with experience in Women’s Health. She is a wife and mother of 3 married sons. Although not affected personally by the loss of a child, Marcia has walked alongside many who have and has realized a need for more support in the community. Following God’s leading, she has stepped out in faith and included an opportunity in her business for grieving families to share their stories and receive support & guidance in return. She has been certified through the MISS Foundation and together with Julie, is available to provide hope for hurting families in the western suburbs.

Some Helpful Resources:

  1. Still Missed Support Program Resources
    119 N Oak St, Hinsdale, IL (across from Hinsdale Hospital) (Calandra Rm on the Main floor of Tupper Hall)
    Sharon Bowers, RN; stillmissed@amitahealth.org
    *Group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00 pm
  2. SHARE
    • a. DOWNERS GROVE, IL
      Share Support Group at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
      3815 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
      Susan Duke – 630-275-1520; susan.duke@advocatehealth.com
      *Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month @ 7:30pm in the Oak  Room
    • b. NAPERVILLE, IL
      Edward Hospital Share Support Group c/o Edward Hospital
      801 S. Washington, Naperville, IL
      Susan Villa – 630-527-3740; susan.villa@eehealth.org
      Brandi Northrup LCSW; brandi.northrup@eehealth.org
      *Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7:15-9:15pm

*Call to confirm dates prior to arrival.

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