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 About LOSS

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) is a non-denominational program that supports individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one by suicide. LOSS offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can openly talk about feelings and experiences. We help survivors to find community, direction and resources for healing.

How we Help:
• We provide a warm, nurturing network of other survivors.
• We educate members about the grieving process.
• We support your unique struggle to regain hope and strength.

LOSS Program Office
721 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Main Line: (312) 655-7283
Fax Line: (312) 948-3340

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LOSS Program Services:

  • Thirteen monthly support groups:
    • Chicago Downtown
    • Gary, IN
    • Wheaton
    • Joliet
    • Mundelein
    • Worth
    • Inverness
    • Kankakee
    • Wilmette
    • Cary
    • River Forest
    • Special Interest Groups:
      • Young Adults Group (18-30) in downtown Chicago
      • Spouse Survivors of Suicide Group in Des Plaines
      • Sibling Group in Northbrook
    • You can find dates and address on our Calendar & Events page. Please call if you have any questions.
  • Weekly support groups for the newly bereaved in eight-week sessions. Call for more details about the next eight-week group session.
  • Individual and family counseling.
  • Monthly newsletter, the Obelisk.


About the LOSS Program for Children and Youth

The LOSS Children's Program addresses the needs of children and adolescents impacted by the suicide of a family member or person close to them. The LOSS Program is a free and non-denominational service, serving Cook and Lake counties, offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We are funded by the Illinois Children's Health Care Foundation, other foundations concerned with the welfare of children, as well as your private donations.

LOSS Program for Children and Youth is here to guide and support young survivors of suicide through the grief recovery process. We help children and adolescents develop an age appropriate understanding of the death, develop tolerance for painful feelings, regain a sense of security in a reconfigured family, and reconstruct new and healthy self-concepts as survivors.

What does the LOSS Program for Children and Youth do?

The LOSS Children's Program begins with assessment to better understand the impact of suicide on your child's emotional and behavioral functioning. We work to help your child make sense of the loss and move through the grief process in a developmentally appropriate way that minimizes unhealthy expressions of grief. Treatment goals include trauma resolution and strengthening of family connections.

What you may not know about the impact of suicide on your child

  • Studies show that bereaved parents may not recognize the full scale of their children's distress due to their own grief.
  • Children may inhibit their grief reactions in order to avoid increasing their parent's sadness or anxiety.
  • Children and adolescents need support in handling their interactions with peers after the suicide loss.
  • Traumatic reactions can interfere with normal grieving processes and present emotional and behavioral risks.
  • Children seem particularly vulnerable to the dual demands of trauma mastery and grief work.

(R. S. Pynoos, MD, MPH)

How does the LOSS Program for Children and Youth help?

  • We provide a helping environment that is safe and nurturing.
  • We assist with trauma resolution.
  • We normalize the intense feelings of grief while correcting misconceptions you child may have formed about the suicide.
  • We assist with coping skills and a realistic understanding of the grief process.
  • We help you to understand your child’s needs and model healthy grieving.

Available Services

  • Individual therapy for children and teens, ages three to eighteen.
  • Family counseling.
  • Peer support groups.
  • Parent consultation.
  • School and community debriefings when a suicide has occurred.

Please call the LOSS office for additional information (312) 655-7283.


Reference Links:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street 22nd Floor,
New York, NY 10005
Ph: (212) 363-3500
Fx: (212) 363-6237
American Association for Suicidology
Connecticut Ave. Suite, 408
Washington, DC 20007
Ph. (202) 237-2280
Fx. (202) 237-2282
Suicide Prevention International
1045 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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