Compassionate Grief Support
Grief is a journey that many of us don’t ask for but find ourselves on. If we could change our circumstances, in many cases, we would. But grief doesn’t have to paralyze us out of fear. Instead, facing our fear and letting ourselves experience grief, rather than avoid it, has proven to be an important step in the healing process.
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, PhD understands the effects of traumatic grief firsthand following the loss of her baby daughter and has devoted her life to changing the culture of care surrounding grief support. She is the author of the book, Bearing the Unbearable and the founder of the MISS Foundation which provides care to families experiencing similar loss.
We are thrilled to partner with the MISS Foundation and provide support to you using some of the materials and models created by Dr. Cacciatore. We invite you to contact us to set up an initial consultation with one of our Compassionate Bereavement Care (CBC) providers and then continue in our 12 week program called “Sharing in the Stillness” where we will walk alongside you as you continue on your grief journey.
Stillness is “the pause between thoughts, actions, and emotions (and) is a sacred place which allows us to slowly learn to be with, and eventually trust, ourselves and grief in this process.” (Cacciatore, 2019)
Through “Sharing in the Stillness” we want to allow you space to be still and to experience and work through the emotions of your grief in a safe and non-threatening environment to bring you to a place of healing.
*Our counselors have been trained through the MISS Foundation and we encourage you to visit their website for more information on their organization: www.missfoundation.org
*Services are not to be confused with professional counseling and therapy which may also be advised. Referrals will be available if desired.
We invite you to call us at 630-233-4739 or email email@example.com to begin the journey together.
Initial Consultation – Meet with one of our compassionate bereavement care (CBC) providers to share your story and determine your next steps.
Sharing in the Stillness: One on One Support– Continue to meet with one of our CBC providers to complete this 12 session program designed to help you understand your grief and learn the effects it has on you. We use materials created by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore PhD and will guide you through the Selah model of grief which “emphasizes not overcoming grief but rather creating space for it in your life in a threefold way: by BEING with your grief, SURRENDERING to it and finally DOING with your grief- or transfiguring it into compassionate action in the world.” (Cacciatore, 2019)
Throughout this program you will not only learn how to care for yourself in your grief but also how you can help to make this world a more beautiful place because of your love for your beloved.
Monthly Peer Support Meetings – Meet with other parents (when you’re ready) to support and care for each other. Share stories and share your lives as you cry together, laugh together and support each other… in the stillness and in the storm.
Fees for Services:
$50 for Initial Consultation (applied to cost of “Sharing in the Stillness” program if you decide to proceed with that)
$750 for “Sharing in the Stillness” Program
Cost includes all materials purchased through the MISS Foundation
$5 donation for Support Group (to cover cost of snacks and materials)
*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!
Julie Levandoski, RN, BSN, Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider – MISS Foundation
Julie 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 – September, 2019
Marcia is a registered nurse with experience in Women’s Health. She is a wife and mother of 3 (plus 3). 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 plans to also obtain certification through the MISS Foundation in Sept. 2019, and together with Julie, provide hope for hurting families in the western suburbs.
Some Helpful Resources:
- 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
*Group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00 pm
- a. DOWNERS GROVE, IL
Share Support Group at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
3815 Highland Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
Susan Duke – 630-275-1520; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandi Northrup LCSW; email@example.com
*Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7:15-9:15pm
- a. DOWNERS GROVE, IL
*Call to confirm dates prior to arrival.