AAIM Grief Support Group

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists invites anyone who has experienced loss or injury due to a drunk driver and/or distracted driver to attend our self-help grief group.

The group meets monthly at two different locations:

1. Christ Church of Oak Brook in the lower level at 7:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Christ Church is located at 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook IL 60523 – near the intersection of York Road and 31st Street. For more information contact: Twyla Blakely at 630-632-8704.

2. Saint Joseph’s Formation Center, Suite C at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month. The Formation Center is located at 112 Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048 - near the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Route 176. For more information contact: Margaret Skrzypkowski at 847-494-5133.

The purpose of our meetings is to help victims of impaired driving crashes recover emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally from their loss.

We cannot change what happened, but we want to learn how to live, love, laugh and have peace in our lives again. Our primary purpose is to live a peaceful life remembering the happy times. We do not want to forget the crash, but we don’t want to dwell on the pain. We hope to bond with the other victims who understand our pain. In these meetings, we avoid cross talk, giving advice and private conversations.

We share our experiences, strengths and hope to help others and ourselves. We are not professional counselors, nor do we claim to be. We are a self-help group, and we only share our stories with one another.

Grief group topics change from month to month. Some of the topics we have covered are: surviving the holidays, how our grieving has affected our loved ones, journaling, coping skills, dealing with our anger, and how do we keep memories of our loved ones alive.