WILLOW HOUSE

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

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Location: 300 Saunders Rd Ste 300 Riverwoods IL 60015 USA

Mission: Grief counseling
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000
Geographic areas served: Chicago as well as north and west suburbs

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

What Willow House means to us: We would not be where we are emotionally without their help and assistance in dealing with our loss. Willow House has been extremely helpful for us after losing our 3 year old daughter Lauren. At group we are with people that really know what it is like to lose a child; Jen can express herself in dealing with the loss of a little sister and Jacob has learned to express himself about a sister he never met. Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and brothers/sisters and friends have been supportive, but (fortunately for most) they have not walked in our "shoes of life". We have made some close friends within our group, and we know that we have each other to lean on if/whenever needed. Death and the heartache associated with it has brought many of us together in a way that most people can't relate to. For instance, showing emotions (especially for guys) and know that it is ok to give someone a hug because they are feeling down is welcomed and appreciated. As someone who has benefitted from Willow House and a bereavement support group, I feel sad for those that have lost (a)child(ren) and don't have anywhere to turn for support and healing. Isolation is difficult, especially when dealing with such strong emotions of grief and pain. Thanks to the staff and many generous volunteers that make Willow House what it is. Dave and Mary S.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dealing with the loss of our daughter who died suddenly at the age of 3.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning how to cope with with death, loss, grief, expressing my feelings through others that have been there too.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

THe best. Every organizatin could use dedicated individuals like these staff and volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide the professional resources to so many people that don't have anywhere to go for help and/or counseling for dealing with loss. Grief is so powerful that it can be overwhelming and destructive.

Ways to make it better...

The only way my experience would have been better is if I did not "belong" to it because that would mean my daughter would still be alive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial resources to be able to continue to provide the high level of support and service that they do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Willow House is the best.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

We were so lucky to find Willow House after the death of our daughter. So many people offered condolences but it is so difficult to talk to someone that has never been through the same ordeal as you. At Willow House no one judges you or thinks you are crazy. They know that grief is a process. It helped so much to be able to talk to other couples that also lost a child. We had a wonderful group of people in our group and we continue to be friends with many of them today. Whenever I hear of a death, I refer them to Willow House. Stefanie and her staff are wonderful. They helped us through the darkest days of our lives and we will forever be greatful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how large it has become. Many people have used their services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

market it more. If it wasn't for my friend referring me there, I had never heard of them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are very personal and caring.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

WONDERFUL!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many families to deal with the grieving process.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was wonderful. Very caring organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

receiving funding in this economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Willow House helped my family that no words could express how grateful I am.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-12-01

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