We are writing to re-introduce you to the LOSS program (“Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide”), and to announce the return of in-person monthly LOSS support groups to our River Forest Township location. The River Forest meeting is held the 3rd Monday of every month at 6 p.m., 8020 Madison St (River Forest Community Center), 2nd floor, River Forest, IL 60305.
LOSS is a well-regarded nondenominational program funded and run by Catholic Charities. LOSS provides services for anyone affected by suicide loss, including spouses, parents, children, siblings, other relatives, and friends. Services include individual and family counseling, a newsletter and various support group programs. All grief groups and counseling are conducted by a licensed clinical therapist. Groups are also co-facilitated by veteran survivors who represent hope and recovery for those who are newly bereaved.
Many LOSS services are provided in-person, with some offered virtually. While support groups are free, counseling costs may be covered by insurance or sliding scale fee for those without mental health insurance benefits. LOSS supports those with a recent suicide loss and those who are many years out from such a loss. We find that survivors of suicide loss typically have therapeutic needs that are unique. Thus, we find that LOSS groups provide greater comfort and therapeutic value than general grief groups.
Because of your position as a first responder, a mental health services provider, or provider of pastoral care, you are likely on the front lines in providing services to those affected by suicide. We want to make sure that you are aware of LOSS. Please review the enclosed info and pass it along to those who might be interested. With decades of experience in suicide bereavement, the Catholic Charities LOSS program has assisted thousands of clients and families in need. The monthly LOSS meeting at River Forest Township is open to all and is most easily accessible to those from Chicago or the western suburbs.