Grief of Health

For those experiencing grief of health related issues
Individual counseling
For Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Family Counseling
For up to 8 family members
Parents Counseling
Grieving the death of a child
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Acquired disabilities

Whether by car accident, work related injury, sports injury, or any other unexpected injury that permanently changes the way in which life was experienced requires an adjustment to the limits caused by the event.

When there is a change in physical ability and appearance, the person’s self-esteem, self-image, and identity can be affected.  Along with the therapies to regain what can be, the person needs to grieve the parts of him/her that are changed forever.

Think of the individual who was completely mobile and then experience a spinal cord injury that has left him/her wheelchair bound. Can a productive and happy life be experienced from then on? If the grieving was allowed and emotional processing supported, chances are there will be quality of life.

It takes time and support to adapt to the changes experienced and that is achieved by grieving what is lost and adapting to the present.

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When a person hears the news they have cancer their whole world changes from within and out. Not only is the person facing their own immortality, the entire circle of family and friends experience the uncertainty of life also.

The challenge with having cancer is that many times the emotional reactions are not addressed because the person is told to keep a positive mindset and therefore, both the person w cancer and everyone else “stuffs” their emotions in re to their experience and their fears for the future.

While it is true that it is important to be positive, to do so the emotions associated with such a life-changing event is equally important.

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When a parent develops Alzheimers, a little part of them dies almost every day, so we grieve as we slowly watch them lose their identity.  Oftentimes, adult children become the caregivers assuming additional responsibilities of decisions for the parent and if there was not a Living Will made by the parent  indicating their wishes should there be a life or death decision, then the burden falls on the healthy spouse or the adult children. There can also be family conflict when there is a difference of opinion on decisions to be made.

With the focus on caregiving for the parent, the emotional components are often not addressed causing a more complicated grief when that parent dies. It is important for the family and caregiver to be able to express their concerns and acknowledge the grief they are experiencing in re to their parent’s decline.

The above are just a few of the health-related losses that occur throughout life and as most can adapt as the changes occur, others need additional support for reassurance and validation of the challenges they are faced with.

Peggy Vota
Kathy is one of the greatest people God has put into my life, without her I may not be here today. She helped me recover from some very sad and grief depression struggles after the loss of my daughter. With Kathy’s awesome counseling ,( group/individual) my life is finally starting to look bright once again…Kathy thank you!!!….You are a wonderful caring person..I will love you forever.
Steve & Lillie Heitke
In our darkest times Kathy was a beacon of light, leading us on a path to a deeper understanding of our grief and the challenges that lie ahead. We highly recommend Kathy’s loss and grief counseling services.
Kaitlin Mason
After the loss of my first child I completely thought my life was over. After months of not getting out of bed and practically sleeping all day long my mom found Kathy. She literally saved my life when I believed there was no hope. She guided me through all stages of grief and showed me it was okay to have those feelings. I wouldn’t trade my time with her for anything else. Kathy goes above and beyond for her clients and she is truly an amazing person!
Julie Blackburn
I have known Kathy Cherven for a number of years. As an intern, she took me under her wing and taught me about being a therapist. As a colleague, we collaborated and I continued to grow through my experiences with her. She is an amazing clinician and I enjoy her point of view.

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There are times life runs smoothly and then an unexpected loss is experienced causing a grief reaction with many confusing and overwhelming emotions The loss may be through the death of a loved one of a non-death loss, sch as job loss, loss of possessions, acquired disabilities, or any life changing event.
Grief is an ongoing process of adjusting to that loss and making meaning out of life again. Grief is complex and multidimensional and is as unique as one’s fingerprint.

-Kathy Cherven
103 E. Jefferson St., Morris, IL  60450
(815) 416-9036

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