REBUILD: Grief Support

Have you experienced the death of a loved one, end of a marriage, or the loss of a pregnancy (infertility, miscarriage, or stillbirth)? At Willow Creek's grief workshops, you'll gain practical tools for navigating loss—and 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. Explore REBUILD offerings at your preferred Willow Creek location below.  

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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.

Winter/Spring 2019 REBUILD

2019 dates to be posted soon.

To be notified when registration goes live, click here

 At REBUILD's core workshop, you'll be seated at a table based on the type of loss you've experienced:

What will you experience in REBUILD's core workshop?

  • 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: death of a parent, spouse, relative/friend, child, or infant; loss of pregnancy (infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth); or a finalized divorce
  • Practical tools for helpful grieving
  • Spiritual guidance for understanding how to connect with God in relationship to your loss

REBUILD | Handling the Holidays After a Loss

Navigating the holiday season after the death of a loved one can be extraordinarily challenging and painful. How do you experience the joy of the holiday season while still honoring your loss—both for yourself and for those around you? 

This one-night workshop provides helpful strategies for making it from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day:

  • Complete a personalized holiday planner that helps you navigate your way from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.
  • 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.

This workshop helps your family create a strategy to make it through the holiday season together.

No registration required. Just show up! Come with family or friends—or by yourself. Everyone is welcome. 

NOTE: If you registered for REBUILD's core workshop in the fall, you're automatically invited to attend Handling the Holidays workshop with your REBUILD group.


To learn more about REBUILD or to volunteer, email REBUILD Director Leigh Carlson. 

Fall 2018 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.  

Register your child.

Volunteer for Child Grief Support.

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. 

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