Pastoral care outreach programs
Our Pastoral Care Department also extends its outreach to the community through the support programs listed below. We hope some of them may be of comfort to you and your family. You may always call our Pastoral Care Department to learn more about any of our support programs at 708.229.5480.
The Heart Connection staff is committed to supporting families, schools and the community in caring for grieving children. Little Company offers this unique program that encourages children to honor and express their feelings of loss. Through creative activities and the companionship of other children in similar circumstances, they find the necessary guidance and support necessary for their healing. For special dates, contact Pastoral Care at 708.229.5484. Read more
Living When a Loved One Has Died
For those who have lost a loved one, you should know our Pastoral Care Department can appreciate how devastated you are. We would like to offer support, help and encouragement to you and your family. Our Adult Bereavement Program is held on six consecutive Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Gatherings take place in spring and fall. For special dates, contact Pastoral Care at 708.229.5480. Read more
Programs for Spanish Speaking Families
If you have lost a loved one and wish to learn more information about one of our support programs, please contact the Pastoral Care Department at 708.229.4299. Recursos para familias que hablan espanol Si usted ha perdido un ser querido y queria saber mas informacion llame a departamento de ciudado Pastoral del Hospital. Contacto: 708.229.4299.
Viviendo: Cuando un Ser Querido Ha Muerto, es un programa de apoyo para adultos que están en luto por la muerte de un ser querido. Conexión del Corazon es un programa de apoyo para niños (de la edad 5 hasta 18 años) y sus familiares que están en luto por la muerte de un ser querido.
The Barr Harris Children's Grief Support Center
The Barr Harris Children's Grief Support Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital is a counseling service providing individual therapy to children mourning the loss of a parent or family member through death, divorce or abandonment, and child guidance services to the family. Set fees on a sliding scale so that no family is denied therapeutic services for reason of financial status. No child is ever turned away. For information or an appointment, call 312.922.7474.
Cherished Angel Memory Garden
This garden is located on hospital grounds and was created as a sacred place for quiet reflection and prayer for families mourning the death of their baby, either recently or at another time of their life. The garden is open for visiting during daylight hours -- May to late October. Each year on the third Sunday of May, we invite those who have had a recent loss at the hospital or in our community, to come for a gathering of families at our Remembrance Service. For further information, or for directions to the garden, please call the Family Birth Center at 708.229.5928, or the hospital chaplain at 708.229.5484.
The Compassionate Friends
A non-profit, self-help program which offers friendship and understanding to families grieving the death of a child at any age, from any cause. The South Suburban chapter meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Call Richalena Taylor at 708.748.6840 for information.
Coping with the Holidays
An evening meeting of support and guidance offered to bereaved families preparing for the holidays and is presented by a national speaker on grief and loss, Father Jim Heneghan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. For date, time and other information, please call the Pastoral Care Department at 708.229.5480. Read more
Maternal Child Loss
Recognizing the grief and depth of feelings associated with the loss of a pregnancy at any gestation, ectopic, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, the Maternal Child Service and Pastoral Care Department seeks to offer their skillful experience, supportive caring and spiritual resources to guide and assist families in their various needs at their time of loss. It is the hospital's mission to honor the dignity of all human life -- and offer a deep respect for persons of all cultures or creed.
Click here to download a pdf version of grief support services.