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Loss and Grief

Extending hope in times of loss and grief

Willow Creek offers a variety of workshops that can provide support and care during seasons of loss.

Life After Loss workshops

These eight-week workshops help adults find comfort and solace as they journey toward emotional and spiritual healing after experiencing a deep loss, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage or the loss of a home/job. Topics addressed include differences in how we grieve, learning to trust again, loneliness, and finding hope. Three sessions of eight-week workshops run throughout the year. Because each session is unique, a person may attend up to a full year of Life After Loss workshops (all 24 weeks) before the curriculum is repeated.

Loss and Grief events

In addition to the core Life After Loss workshops described above, Willow offers a variety of supplemental Loss and Grief events that address specific topics, such as handling the holidays after a loss, the hope of heaven, and journeying through a wilderness season. These unique sessions provide additional perspective in one's journey toward hope and healing.

Grief Support for kids and students (kindergarten–high school)

Child and Teen Grief Support workshops offer age-specific support, strength, and hope to kids and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to death. Participants are placed in age-specific groups. Please sign up your child to help ensure they are placed in the correct age group. Learn more

Childcare for infants–preschool/age 5

For infants–preschool/age five, please sign your child up for Midweek for Kids, where they will receive age-specific care from trained, supervised caregivers in a loving and safe environment. Learn more

 

Resources

bcbl A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss
by Jerry L. Sittser
This book plumbs the depths of our sorrows, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life.Learn more

bcbl Grief Observed
by C. S. Lewis
This brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and courageously encounters the anger and heart-break that followed the death of Lewis's wife, American-born poet, Joy Davidman. Handwritten entries from notebooks that Lewis found in his home capture the doubt and anguish that we all face in times of great loss. Lewis questions his beliefs in this graceful and poignant affirmation of faith in the face of senseless loss.Learn more

bcbl Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope
by Albert Hsu
While acknowledging that there are no easy answers when it comes to suicide, the author draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in their grief and hope for the future.Learn more

bcbl Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Path to Joy
by Larry Crabb
From Amazon.com: “Shattered dreams,” writes Dr. Larry Crabb, “are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream.”Learn more

bcbl Where Do I Go from Here?: Bold Living After Unwanted Change
by Miriam Neff
From Moody: Life has a way of tilting. Jobs are lost. Children leave. Homes foreclose. Spouses die. Everyone experiences the loss of something or someone precious at some point. And more often than not a loss is unexpected, certainly unwanted, and can be our undoing.Learn more

bcbl When Your Father Dies: How a Man Deals with the Loss of His Father
by Dave Veerman and Bruce Barton
From Amazon: Veerman and Barton share their own experiences with the deaths of their fathers and also those of more than sixty men, including Max Lucado, Chuck Colson, Hank Hannegraaff, and Bill Hybels. They also include insight and practical advice from professional counselors to prepare readers for the emotional struggles that accompany the death of a father.Learn more

bcbl Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope
by Mary Beth Chapman
The wife of Grammy- and Dove Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman explores where God is when the worst happens. In "Choosing to See" she shares about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on.Learn more

bcbl Grieving the Child I Never Knew
by Kathe Wunnenberg
A devotional companion offering comfort, the reassurance of God's presence, and strength for the journey through grief to healing for those who have lost a child through miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death.Learn more

bcbl Finding Hope After Your Loss
by Marie Shephard
After the loss of a loved-one, many people experience thoughts and questions around life and death. This booklet, created by Willow Creek's GroupLife Pastor Marie Shepherd, is designed to help guide you through those thoughts and questions to a place of hope and comfort.View Booklet

bcbl Grieving with Hope
by Bill Hybels
Being a Christ follower is no guarantee you will not have bad stuff in your life. At various times we may experience death, grief, sorrow, and times of deep loss, but we have a hope-based approach to our grief. In this weekend message from May 23, 2010, Bill Hybels teaches from 1 Thessalonians 4:13.Watch Video

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(847) 765-5000

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