Elburnâ€”Lora Windsor, LCSW, CADC, CT, has been helping families in the valley area for 15 years and has specialized in grief counseling for the past five years.
Motivated by her own experience of loss at age 26 when her husband died, she guides individuals and families in the bereavement journey. A licensed clinical social worker affiliated with Conley Outreach, Lora will facilitate three monthly topic-oriented grief support groupsâ€”Friendship Night, Mourning After and Grieving Parent Support Group.
This is a new format that allows individuals to drop in, attending as many groups as they wish, and explore as many topics as they wish with other adults who are also grieving. Group participants will develop a better understanding of their unique grief journey, learn coping skills, and have the opportunity to share their experience with others.
For three years, Windsor facilitated a group for parents whose child died from drug-and-alcohol-related causes, and for one year, she facilitated a group for adults whose partner died from cancer. She has also helped many bereaved individuals and families at her private practice in Geneva.
On the first Thursday of each month, beginning March 4 at 7 p.m., Windsor will facilitate the Mourning After group for young widows and widowers, and young adults who have lost their partner to death. The group will focus on grief issues specifically related to losing oneâ€™s partner to deathâ€”for example, layers of loss, unfinished business, and adjusting to a new identity.
On the second Thursday of each month, beginning Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., Windsor will facilitate the Grieving Parent Support Group for parents whose child has died. The group focuses on issues that grieving parents often faceâ€”for example, family members grieving differently, traveling many paths, and setting priorities.
On the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Windsor will facilitate the Friendship Night group, which is open to adults grieving a loss through death. This group focuses on the common elements of grief, whether the loss is oneâ€™s child, oneâ€™s parent, oneâ€™s sibling, etc. Examples of topics that will be discussed are grieving styles, tasks of grief, and preparing to grieve.
All groups meet at Great Lakes Leadership Center, 526 N. Main St., Elburn. Please call Conley Outreach at (630) 365-2880 for directions and for monthly topics. Windsor may be contacted at Lorawindsor@aol.com or by phone at (630) 204-0447.