Grief Resource Center
Jill FitzGerald, LCSW
Jill FitzGerald, LCSW

About Jill FitzGerald

Jill FitzGerald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Social work from James Madison University.  Her private practice in Richmond, VA specializes in grief counseling.  With over 28 years of experience Jill has helped many individuals and families heal after the loss of a loved one.  She has experience working in psychiatric hospital settings and out-patient community mental health centers.

Jill opened her private practice in 1991, specializing in grief, loss and bereavement.  She offers individual and family sessions, trainings, crisis debriefings, workshops to schools and churches, and consults and educates professionals on how to help those who have lost a loved one.  She worked with local hospice care workers for over 10 years, providing monthly support groups for staff. She facilitated a support group for nursing staff at the pediatric oncology/hematology clinic at MCV
from March 2016-May 2017.  in 2018 she also provided monthly de-briefings for healthcare professionals addressing caregiver burnout and self-care sponsored by Bliley Funeral Home.

In 1996 Jill began to work with Lynne Hughes, a well known advocate of grief support, at Motherless Daughters, a national organization for women and girls who lost their mothers at a young age.  In 1998 she became a founding board member of Comfort Zone Camp, the nation’s largest bereavement camp for children. Jill is also a member of ADEC - Association of Death Education & Counseling.

When not counseling others, Jill spends time with her husband and three daughters.  She enjoys traveling to visit her family in Maine, reading, and volunteer work.

 Jill has also offered presentations at local and national conferences about grief:

Upcoming - Nov 12,2019  Self-Compassion & Coping With an Illness - RVA Brain Tumor Support Grp
Sept 2019- Presented @ Richmond's Homicide Support Group - "The Work of Grief"
June 2017-
Partners in Parenting-Brown Bag Lunch Series - "Lessons Learned From Grieving Families"
April 2017- VASCSW - "Lessons Learned From Grieving Clients"
March 2017 - VCU Perinatal Loss Conference - "Mindfulness & Self-Care"
October/November 2015 - Presented @ HCA/nursing staff:"Perinatal Loss" & "Self-Care & Compassion Fatigue"
February 2015- Presented on "What Does Grief Recovery Look Like?" - Grief Summit, Richmond, VA
February 2014 - Presented on "Ambivalence & Guilt in Working with Grief" - Grief Summit, Richmond VA
March 2014 - Presented at Perinatal Services- HCA Richmond, VA - Grief, Trauma & Compassion Fatigue
June 2010 – NAGC Conference, Cleveland, OH
March 2010 – Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, “Grief & Perinatal Loss”
February 2009 – Johnston Willis Hospital, “Grief & Perinatal Loss”
May 2008 – Spinal Muscular Atrophy Conference – Anticipatory Grief for Parents
March 2003 – NASW Conference – “Magic Moments in Grief Work” – Nominated as VA Chapter’s – NASW
                Social Worker of the Year   

Articles written for

     "Grieving the Difficult Relationship"
     "Grief Unrecognized:  Loss of a Sibling"
     "You Can't Control the Waves- But you Can Learn How to Surf"

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