News

4
Aug

When Loved Ones Are Geographically Dispersed

When Loved Ones Are Geographically Dispersed. We live in a world where family and friends are geographically dispersed. The wonderful aspect is that you have interesting places to visit for vacations and celebrations, but the shadow side is that you are so far away when there is a medical emergency or when someone dies. This is why it is so

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3
Aug

10 Signs of PTSD

A traumatic death can leave loved ones with emotional suffering long after the funeral. If someone you know had a tragic loss and shows several of the following symptoms, he or she may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).       Has nightmares, vivid memories or flashbacks of the surrounding events of their loved one’s passing Is highly anxious,

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19
Jul

Drop in Support Groups

Drop in Support Groups: for grief and loss Hand in Hand– For older adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner over the last two years.  Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.   Time:        10:30 – 12:00pm Place:       JCFS, 5150 Golf Rd, Skokie Fee:          $10.00 a session (adjustable) Contact:   Marsha Raynes, LCSW,

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14
Jul

Chicago Jewish Funerals 24 Month Calendar

Our  long awaited Chicago Jewish Funerals 2 year calendars are finally here! Please stop by at one of our two funeral homes to get your copy, or call us at 847.229.8822 and we can mail it to you.   Each month, it spotlights one of the many of the community organizations Chicago Jewish Funerals has sponsored over the years in

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12
Jul

Grief has it’s own rhythm

Grief has it’s own rhythm, it ebbs and flows as it must. One person in this process, Marcia Marshall, a Chicago area portrait artist, began drawing portraits of loved ones who have passed away as part of her healing journey. Touched by the energy and passion of her work, Chicago Jewish Funerals has invited Marcia to share her evocative portraits

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5
May

The Value of Advance Funeral Planning

Why arrange your funeral, or that of a loved one, in advance? The reasons are many. Death is one thing that will happen, so the option is either to be prepared or unprepared. The skilled, dedicated and compassionate staff at Chicago Jewish Funerals will guide and companion you. Having worked in end of life for decades, I have seen first-hand

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25
Apr

THE 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON HELP, HEALING AND HOPE AFTER LOSS

PRESENTED BY THE JEWISH HEALING NETWORK AND THE LAURI S. BAUER FOUNDATION FOR SUDDEN LOSS GRIEF AND THE FAMILY: FINDING BALANCE AFTER LOSS Dr. Janice Nadeau engages audiences with her inspirational blend of warmth, humor and compassion. Her professional work includes more than 30 years as a Psychologist and Hospice Nurse helping families navigate end of life and loss. In

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21
Apr

Israel’s One Armed Warrior

Izzy Ezagui, an American who joined the Israel Defense Force and had his arm blown off during battle, only to fight for the unprecedented right to return to combat, will be in Wilmette on Sunday, April 30th to share his message of courage, struggle and determination. While he continues to serve in an elite unit in the reserves, Izzy delivers inspirational talks

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13
Apr

Willow House Guest Speaker Night

Dear Friends, Willow House is proud to host the 2nd in our series of Willow House Guest Speakers Night on Thursday April 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. We are honored to welcome David Jacobson, Founder & Funeral Director of Chicago Jewish Funerals. David is a leading expert on Kavod Hamet, the Jewish traditions of honoring and respecting the

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20
Mar

Getting Our Hands Dirty

We typically do not like to “get our hands dirty.” But there is one exception. Jewish tradition is for mourners to use their hands to place earth into the grave of a loved one. We get our hands dirty in the service of burying a loved one. We do not let machines do our work. It is an ancient custom, perhaps one

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