Children, Family & Community


Willow House is a non-profit, social service organization whose sole mission is to support children, families, schools and communities who are coping with grief and the death of a loved one.

Founded in 1998, Willow House is the only independent organization in the state of Illinois solely dedicated to supporting this population. Our mission is based on the proposition that no child or family should ever grieve alone.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

We understand the challenges faced by many in this time of isolation and uncertainty. As we cope with COVID-19, Willow House is devoted to supporting those coping with grief and trauma. We are here to help.


Support Groups

Grief Support Groups for Children, Teenagers, Young Adults, and Adults, including a Survivors of Suicide Loss group and Expressive Arts program.


School Programs

School based programs are designed to provide school personnel with the tools and understanding to effectively support grieving students in their community.


Community Services

Willow House strives to advocate for grieving children, teens and families by increasing awareness within a wide variety of community settings.

Events and News

Willow House CARES Grief & COVID Seminar Series

Join us virtually for these free informative seminars for those from all walks of life. Seminars for Community Members, Mental Health Professionals, School Personnel, Clergy and Funeral Home Professionals, First Responders, and Healthcare Professionals are being provided free thanks to a generous grant from Lake County and the CARES Act.

2nd Annual Benefit of Laughter

On March 7, 2020, Willow House took time before a stellar comedic lineup to recognize a longtime supporter of Willow House at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.

Grief and the Holidays

Find ways to best support those that are grieving this holiday season.

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