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Peaceful Celebrations

Positive Planning for Life's Important Events

Peaceful Celebrations is a short-term consultation/counseling program designed to help individuals (and their families) plan for an important life event, such as a wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, or graduation, in a way that will lead to an experience memorable for its joys rather than its sorrows.

Too often, a major break or conflict in one's family (including divorce, re-marriage, trauma, or loss) has the power to influence such celebrations. Such discord, whether recent or from the distant past, casts a shadow that interferes with the pleasure usually associated with these special days.

This program consists of a series of consultation sessions with the family, as a group and/or individually, in which many topics are explored, including:

  • Who will be involved in the actual planning of the event and associated celebration(s)?
  • How are the financial aspects of the event being handled?
  • How can appropriate participation be designed in the most positive, least hurtful way?
  • If there are step-parents involved, what could or should be their role?

Positive Planning may require only 1½ to 3 hours. For many families, 3 - 6 hours will be needed.

Methods and Goals:

  • Validating participants' feelings
  • Maintaining mutual respect
  • Exploring a variety of options
  • Reaching acceptance of a plan that feels comfortable to the major participants
1624 Ashland Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 • 1740 Ridge Ave., Suite 200B, Evanston, IL 60201 • (847)475-1828 • Email