Jill FitzGerald, LCSW

Jill FitzGerald

Jill FitzGerald, LCSW

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 outpatient community mental health centers.

Jill opened her private practice in 1991, specializing in grief, loss, and bereavement. She offers individual and family sessions, training, 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 debriefings 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:

  • Suicide Prevention/Postvention Consultation - Project Healing Waters, non-profit - October 2021-June 2022
  • Self-Compassion & Coping With an Illness - RVA Brain Tumor Support Grp - November 2019
  • Presented @ Richmond's Homicide Support Group - "The Work of Grief" - September 2019
  • Partners in Parenting-Brown Bag Lunch Series - "Lessons Learned From Grieving Families" - June 2017
  • VASCSW - "Lessons Learned From Grieving Clients" - April 2017
  • VCU Perinatal Loss Conference - "Mindfulness & Self-Care"
    - March 2017
  • Presented @ HCA/nursing staff:"Perinatal Loss" & "Self-Care & Compassion Fatigue" - October/November 2015
  • Presented on "What Does Grief Recovery Look Like?" - Grief Summit, Richmond, VA - February 2015
  • Presented on "Ambivalence & Guilt in Working with Grief" - Grief Summit, Richmond VA - February 2014
  • March 2014 - Presented at Perinatal Services- HCA Richmond, VA - Grief, Trauma & Compassion Fatigue
  • NAGC Conference, Cleveland, OH - June 2010
  • Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, “Grief & Perinatal Loss” - March 2010
  • Johnston Willis Hospital, “Grief & Perinatal Loss” - February 2009
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Conference – Anticipatory Grief for Parents - May 2008
  • NASW Conference – “Magic Moments in Grief Work” – Nominated as VA Chapter’s – NASW Social Worker of the Year - March 2003
Grief Resource Center

“Grief must be witnessed to be healed. Grief shared is grief abated. Tell your tale because it reinforces that your loss mattered.  In sharing our story we dissipate the pain little by little, giving a small drop to those we meet to disperse it along the way.”

–Elisabeth Kubler-Ross