Get Grief Support

After loss, life goes on. You don’t have to go through it alone.
There is no worse pain in the world than losing someone you love. We will all experience loss throughout our lives, but tragedies like substance-related deaths including overdoses, suicides, intoxicated driving incidences, or homicides come with insurmountable odds to face. Some of these deaths come after a long battle with substance misuse, following long periods of abstinence from substance use, or at the beginning of substance use or misuse. But, most are accidents, and all of them are side effects of an illness. In December 2016, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that overdose deaths have surpassed gun violence including homicides and suicides, and car crashes as a leading cause of accidental death. 144 people die daily from overdose. So, what happens to the loved ones left behind? No one should walk through grief alone.

How we can help
If you or someone you care about has experienced substance-related grief, there are options:

Become an Angel Mom
Located in the Chicago land area is Angel Moms. Get unlimited support from a national community of women who have lost children to a substance-related death. Email Jody Daitchman at [email protected] for more information. To learn more about these incredible women, check out this video:

Attend a Local Grief Support Group

Arlington Heights
 – Live4Lali
Day/time: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 PM
Location: Live4Lali, 3255 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 508, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Contact: Laura Fry – 844.584.5254 x803

Addison – LTM Heroin Awareness & Support Foundation
Day/time: 3rd Thursday of each month – 7:00 PM
Location: Contact Felicia for more info
Contact: Felicia Miceli – 630.339.6106

Hoffman Estates – GRASP Chapter
Day/time: 1st Tuesday of each month – 7:30 PM
Location: SHARE, 1776 Moon Lake Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL
Contact: Mary Thrasher – 847-397-1431

Chicago – GRASP Chapter
Day/time: 1st Thursday of each month – 7:00 PM
Location: Swedish Covenant Hospital, Anderson Pavilion – Titus Johnson Room, 2751 W. Winona Avenue, Chicago, IL
Contact: Michelle – 847-275-7510 (please call to pre-register)

Steger – GRASP Chapter
Day/time: 3rd Saturday of the month – 9:00 AM
Location:ST. Liborius School, Second floor, 3436 Halsted Blvd, Steger, IL 60475
Contact: Melissa Jozwiak – 708-979-0490

Central Illinois – GRASP Chapter
Day/time: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month – 6:00 PM
Location: Contact Susan for more info
Contact: Susan Tisdale – 309-267-5995