REBUILD: Grief Support

Have you experienced the death of a loved one, end of a marriage, or the loss of a pregnancy? Willow Creek's grief workshops help you gain practical tools for navigating loss. You'll find a community of people who've been through a loss similar to yours. Leaders include therapists, pastors, and teachers who understand what you're going through because they've been there, too. 

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South Barrington REBUILD: Finding life after loss 

What Have You Lost?

REBUILD hosted a 3 part series on grief and hope in the month of April where we learned and processed together.

Week 1 - Can I Just Skip to Happy?

A panel of pastors and therapists discuss why it’s important and healing to name your loss and to invite God into your grief. View the session here.

Week 2 - Beauty from Ashes

Learn how to write and pray your own lament as an act of worship. View the session here 

Download the Lament Exercise document here.

Week 3 - Scarred Hope with Beverly Ross

Author and therapist Beverly Ross talks about how to care for yourself in body, mind, and spirit while grieving. View the session here.



Please note: Our normal REBUILD workshop is temporarily paused.

When you're grieving the death of a loved one, a divorce, or a pregnancy loss, where can you turn? REBUILD workshops offer comfort, hope, and practical tools for healing after the death of a loved one; a finalized divorce; miscarriage or stillbirth. Our ten-week core workshop is offered twice a year (winter/spring and fall). REBUILD also hosts topical workshops on helpful grieving at other times during the year. 

REBUILD for Teens: Students in grades 9–12 can attend REBUILD's core workshop as part of a teens-only group led by a trained facilitator. Students hear the same large-group teaching as adult REBUILD participants, and their table leader then guides their discussion at age-targeted levels. Note: For students 17 and younger, registration must be submitted by a parent or guardian. 

Registration information

At REBUILD's core workshop, you'll be seated at a table based on the type of loss you've experienced. We offer groups in the following categories:

  • Teens who've experienced the death of a close friend or loved one
  • Death of a spouse
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a sibling, other relative, or close friend
  • Loss of a pregnancy (miscarriage or stillbirth)
  • Divorce loss for women
  • Divorce loss for men 

What to expect 

  • Compelling, practical large-group teaching from a team of therapists, pastors, and teachers who have navigated their own seasons of loss
  • Safe, confidential small-group conversations led by compassionate leaders—alongside fellow participants who have experienced a loss similar to yours
  • Tons of practical tools for helpful grieving
  • Insight for how to connect spiritually through your loss


REBUILD has been paused for Spring of 2021.


To learn more about REBUILD, call (847) 765-5000 and ask to speak with a Response Pastor. Response Pastors are available M–F from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Child Grief Support (Kindergarten–Grade 5)

Kids tend to grieve differently from adults. This ten-week program, offered at Willow South Barrington in conjunction with REBUILD, helps kids (kindergarten–grade 5) who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, close relative, or friend.

What happens at Child Grief Support? Children engage in age-targeted activities that help them express and process their loss. Games, drama, art, journaling, storytelling, and imaginative play are led by compassionate leaders who understand kids and loss.  

When: TBD - This workshop is currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you would like to be notified when the next Child Grief Support workshop is scheduled, click here.

Questions? Call (847) 765-5000 and ask to speak with a Response Pastor. Response Pastors are available M–F from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Grief counseling for kids: Willow Creek’s Counselor Referral Network (CRN) includes a number of skilled, compassionate therapists who can help people process a significant loss. Ask for a therapist who specializes in child grief. Learn more.


For additional resources or help finding a therapist.

Willow Creek's response pastors include skilled, compassionate people equipped to listen, suggest additional resources, provide coaching on how to find a good therapist, share information about various Willow Creek ministries, and/or pray with you. To speak with a pastor, call the church at 847-765-5000 and ask to speak with a response pastor. We'd love to speak with you and will return your call as soon as possible.