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COVID-19 Services/Response:

Our thanks to the remarkable staff, partners, donors, and volunteers who are helping us meet the needs of those least able to navigate these unprecedented circumstances. We are in your debt.

Service Update:

  • For urgent needs, please call 312-655-7700
  • Meals to go are available at Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers. Catholic Charities has suspended all senior group activities and adult day care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our home care services continue, and are following a more sophisticated protocol as there are seniors who have no one to drop off groceries and provide basic hygiene assistance.
  • Food pantries and evening meal programs will continue to provide food depending on supplies and safe distribution protocols. Please check under Our Services/Emergency Services for locations and phone numbers.
  • Counseling, case management, and other services that can be provided remotely are being delivered accordingly. Please call your case worker or program contact if you need assistance.

How You Can Help:
Due to COVID-19 exposure risks, we are unable to take donations of clothing or food from individuals or groups at this time.  

  • Please consider a contribution. The need for financial assistance and program support for those who were only just making ends meet will grow significantly with lost wages and other impact from the pandemic.
  • Masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels, or bleach wipes are needed and can be dropped at any Catholic Charities location. 
  • When shopping on Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and choose Catholic Charities so we might benefit from your purchase. 
  • Volunteers needed to pack food at pantries.  If you are not in a high risk category and are willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin at Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced. 
  • Thank the human service workers, first responders, and grocery/gas station/coffee vendors in your life and when you see them in action.

For more information on COVID19, visit the CDC website.

Catholic Charities Voice of Charity Radio Show is doing a special program tomorrow morning, on LOSS and our upcoming Blossoms of Hope gathering on April 26th!

Co-hosts Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy will welcome Fr. Charles T. Rubey who will provide an update on the LOSS program. Special Events Manager Annie Scully Tumpis will also be on the show, to share details of how Blossoms of Hope is becoming an exciting “virtual” event this year!

Please tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31 at 8:30 a.m. on WNDZ 780 AM in Chicago.

 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

Attention LOSS Support Group Attendees

March 30, 2020 - At this time, all of our monthly groups are suspended as a precaution against the COVID-19 virus. For the month of April we plan to hold LOSS monthly groups online. If you wish to attend an online LOSS group, please help us register you by calling (312) 655-7283 or sending an email to

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LOSS Program Services:

  • Thirteen monthly support groups:
    • Chicago Downtown
    • Downers Grove
    • Joliet
    • Mundelein
    • Southwest Chicago
    • Inverness
    • Kankakee
    • Wilmette
    • Cary
    • River Forest
    • Western Srings
    • Merrillville, IN
    • Special Interest Groups:
      • Young Adults Group (18-30) in downtown Chicago
      • Spousal LOSS Group in Des Plaines
      • Spanish Speaking Group in Cicero
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Weekly support groups for the newly bereaved in 8-week sessions. Call for more details about the next 8-week group session.
  • Monthly newsletter, the Obelisk.
  • Pastoral Support


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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