South Barrington REBUILD: Finding life after loss
When you're grieving the death of a loved one, a divorce, or pregnancy loss, where can you turn?
REBUILD workshops offers comfort, hope, and practical tools for healing after the death of a loved one; a finalized divorce; infertility, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
REBUILD offers its core, ten-week workshop twice a year (winter/spring and fall), and hosts topical events and classes on helpful grieving throughout 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.
REBUILD | Handling the Holidays—and the Hardest Days
7–9 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 | Room F392. Use Entrance F and follow signs to F392, located on the floor above Harvest Food Court.
Navigating holidays, birthdays, vacations, and other memory-filled milestones after the death of a loved one or end of a marriage can be extraordinarily challenging and painful. How do you reclaim the joy of those events while still honoring your loss?
This one-night workshop provides you and your loved ones with helpful strategies for making it through the hardest of days:
- Learn the art of pre-grieving.
- Honor your loved one and your loss while still finding moments to celebrate.
- Avoid potholes that can cause damage to you and those around you.
- Navigate speed bumps along the way.
- Gain perspective about why joy still matters, even after your loss.
No registration required. Just show up! Come with family or friends—or by yourself. Everyone is welcome.
NOTE: If you're registered for REBUILD's core workshop, you're automatically invited to attend this workshop with your REBUILD group.
REBUILD | Fall 2019
Time & dates TBD
At REBUILD's core workshop, you'll be seated at a table based on the type of loss you've experienced:
- 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 (infertility, miscarriage, or stillbirth)
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
How to register
- Registration opens on May 8. Check back to secure your spot!
- Registration fee: REBUILD asks for a $15 registration fee to cover beverages on each of the ten evenings. Scholarships are available.
- Programs for kids: Child Grief Support, Awana, and childcare are available for your kids (infants through grade 8).
To learn more about REBUILD or to volunteer, email REBUILD Director Leigh Carlson.
Winter/Spring 2019 Child Grief Support
Kids tend to grieve differently from adults. This nine-week program, offered at Willow South Barrington in conjunction with REBUILD, helps kids (kindergarten–grade 6) 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.
Contact: Kirsten Hitchcock 224-512-1791
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.
Find a grief or divorce therapist.
To find a licensed counselor who can help you in this season, call the church at 847-765-5000 (9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday––Friday) and ask to speak with a response pastor. Willow Creek’s Counselor Referral Network (CRN) includes a number of skilled, compassionate therapists who specialize in helping people process a significant loss, such as the death of a loved one, infertility, miscarriage/stillbirth, or divorce.