Star Legacy Foundation Support Groups [on-line resource] - Recovering from Loss or Trauma

Services in a nutshell

Star Legacy Foundation provides live, interactive, online support groups for families who have experienced a perinatal loss and for individuals experiencing a pregnancy after a loss.

More about us

Established in the spring of 2018, the Chicago Chapter of the Star Foundation is on a mission to support families who have experienced loss, while partnering with our local medical community to provide research-based education around supports and practices that will ultimately limit the number of stillbirths in Chicago and the surrounding area.

We are the parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends of beloved stillborn babies. We know the pain and devastation of losing a child to stillbirth and believe every pregnancy deserves a happy ending.

Peer companion program

Star Legacy Chicago offers a peer companion program for individuals at any point in their loss journey. Trained peer companions – all loss mothers themselves – are available to connect virtually or in person to provide support and connection. If you would like to connect with a peer companion, please email us.

We can also connect you with other families in our area or suggest additional resources to help in the grieving process. Additionally, we host area ‘socials’ for families who have experienced loss to connect and build community.

If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a child and needs emotional support, call us at 952.715.7731, x 1. Certified Grief Counselors available.

Support Groups Hosted by Star Legacy Foundation

Star Legacy Foundation provides several live, online videoconference support groups for parents and grandparents/extended family experiencing a loss, as well as for families who are pregnant/parenting following a loss. Groups are held via HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing and facilitated by trained mental health professionals.  You do not need a video camera on your computer to attend but it is very helpful if you do.

Registration required for first session only – after that participants will receive a reminder email prior to each session.

Our Support Group Facilitators include: Debbie Fischer, MS, LAMFT, Joanne O’Leary, PhD, Doug Stewart and Kathleen Massmann, LAMFT

Our team


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