top of page




Illinois Department of Human Services- Funeral and Burial Benefits


  • The program pays for the funeral and burial expenses when a person's resources and all other sources of payment are less than the DHS standard payment rates.


  • Funeral and Burial Unit at (217) 785-4216. Otherwise, contact your local Family Community Resource Center (FCRC).

  • You can use the IDHS Office Locator at to find a local Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) near you.

Illinois Funeral Directors Association Consumer Resources 


  • Losing a loved one is difficult enough without knowing where to start. On this website are some resources collected by the IFDA.


  • IFDA partnered with the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and Skyways Media to create the Chicago Area End of Life Planning Guide: A Guide to Hospice, Bereavement and Funeral Planning Services in your Local Area.


Willow House 


  • The mission of Willow House is to provide grief support and education for youth, families, schools and other communities grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or child. Our free services are where hope lives and healing begins, providing space for people to grieve in companionship with others who share a similar loss. Our vision is that no child, teen or parent grieves alone


Pillars Community Health Buddy’s place (childhood grief)


Since 2000, our Buddy’s Place childhood bereavement program has offered family-based support groups to children and teens ages 4-18 and their families who are grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. We are committed to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment where each family can come and express their grief and connect with others in a group setting.  There is no charge to attend the programs offered by Buddy’s Place. Services include monthly support groups, 8- week sessions and grief counseling. 


How Social Security Can Help You When a Family Member Dies

Screen Shot 2023-01-25 at 12.27.46 PM.png
Screen Shot 2023-01-25 at 12.27.58 PM.png





Final Farewell


  • Final Farewell helps families provide an affordable funeral for a loved child.  We provide financial assistance, advice and guidance.  We’ve helped families from all religions and backgrounds

  • (Please note that we're only able to provide financial assistance to a family with a deceased child or children under the age of 18.  We provide advice and guidance to all families.)


The TEARS Foundation 


  • The TEARS Foundation seeks to compassionately lift a financial burden from families who have lost a child by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services. We also offer parents comprehensive bereavement care in the form of grief support groups and peer companions


Know Your Rights To A Fair and Affordable Funeral Resources- Funeral Consumers Alliance


Grief Share 

  • There are thousands of GriefShare groups meeting weekly at locations around the world. There’s probably one near you! The program is designed so that you can join the group at any time. You will be welcomed and encouraged


Coalition to Support Grieving Students


  • Video and downloadable grief-support modules for school professionals on conversation and support, developmental and cultural considerations, practical considerations, reactions and triggers, professional preparation and self-care, and crisis and special circumstances


Catholic Charities LOSS – Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide


  • We provide counseling and support services to individuals grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Through LOSS, we compassionately accompany survivors on their grief journey.

  • Our staff and volunteers offer a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors can openly discuss feelings and experiences. We help survivors to find community, direction, and resources for healing. The LOSS Program for Children and Youth addresses the unique needs of children and adolescents, ages three to 18.




Children's books


Adult Books

bottom of page