Local Grief Support Groups
ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL SUPPORT GROUPS
Grief Support Group - General
Support group for adults ages 18 and over for any type of loss. This group meets every Tuesday at St. John's Hospital in the first floor Chapel Annex. The group meets from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. Phone 217-525-5675 for more information.
Children's Grief Support
Open to children ages 6 - 12. This group is for any child who has lost a significant person in their life through death. Advance registration is required. Please call the Healing Hearts Program at 217-757-6770 for current information.
Teen's Grief Support
Open to children ages 13 - 18 that have lost a significant person in their life through death. Advance registration is required. Please call the Healing Hearts Program at 217-757-6770 for current information.
Parent Support Group
Open to parents of children who are attending one of the Healing Hearts Support Groups. Please call the Healing Hearts Program at 217-757-6770 for current information.
This group is open to parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or infant loss. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at St. John's Hospital in the Pastoral Care Conference Room. For more information, call the Pastoral Care Department at 217-525-5675.
SIDS/Infant Mortality Support Group
A support group for parents and grandparents who have experienced a SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) death or any other type of infant death. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6:45 - 7:45 PM in the St. John's Hospital Chapel Annex. For more information, call the Pastoral Care Department at 217-525-5675.
PALS (Pregnancy After Loss)
A support group for expectant couples who have previously lost a child. Meetings are held from 7 - 9 PM on the second Wednesday of the month at the Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center, St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Contact Julie Blythe at 217-525-5675.
St. John's Hospital Memorial Service
This Memorial Service is open to anyone and is held at 2:30 PM on the third Sunday of every other month at St. John's Chapel. Please call ahead to confirm the exact date for any upcoming service at 217-525-5675
OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS
Bereaved Parents of Springfield
This group (formerly Compassionate Friends) has meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Douglas United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas. Please enter the building on the south side, lower level. For more information, contact Jim Dixon at 217-691-4906; or email: email@example.com.
Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.)
Informal group meeting open to anyone who has lost someone they love through suicide. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 130 Dawn Drive, at 7:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lucie Gorman at 217-787-1802 (home), 217-585-5224 (work) or 217-492-6065 (pager).
Always in Our Hearts
This group is open to all Central Illinois residents dealing with a loss. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), 720 N. Bond Street, Room 126. For more information, call the VNA at 217-523-4113.
S.A.R.A. Center (Springfield AIDS Resources Association)
The S.A.R.A. Center is a community-based agency that provides comprehensive primary and complementary support services to accompany those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS related illnesses in Central Illinois. The S.A.R.A. Center currently is sponsoring a support group as well as individual and family counseling. In order to maintain confidentiality, please contact Phil Hatmaker at the S.A.R.A Center at 217-523-2191.
RELIGIOUS SUPPORT SERVICES (* in alphabetical order)
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Contact Grief Coordinator Linda Welch at 217-793-5423.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Contact Sister Francella at 217-522-3342.
Little Flower Catholic Church
Contact Dee Stern - 217-529-1606
Southside Christian Church
Griefshare - Your Journey From Mourning To Joy, meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. led by Donna Miller, a trained Stephen Minister. Pre-registration is required for the session. You may register at the church office (2600 S. Macarthur Blvd. Springfield) or call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at 217-525-0304. There is a $10.00 fee to cover the guide/workbook.
St. Benedict's Church-AUBURN
Call the church office at 217-438-6222.
St. James Church-RIVERTON
Contact Rev. Msgr. Kenneth Steffen at 217-629-9109.
Westside Christian Church
Growing Through Grief is a 12-week program. Contact Patti Austin at 217-793-2800.
* Catholic Families who want additional information about other parishes or communities may contact the Office for Family Life at 217-698-8500.
Area Agency on Aging (Lincolnland Chapter)
Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois
1-800-432-7437 (IL only) or 1-630-305-7300 Web Address - www.sidsillinois.org
For more information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 217-785-4528.
Holiday Help Program-Butler Funeral Homes
Holidays and other significant days can be especially difficult after the loss of a loved one. Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center invites the community to discover, uncover and nurture hope by attending a Holiday Help program on Sunday, November 8, 2009. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Inn at 835, located at 835 S. Second Street in Springfield.
Suzanne Howell, M.A., LCPC, a national expert on grief, will present practical ways to help people get through the holidays and other significant days. Topics will include, identifying coping skills to get through the holiday season, learning creative ways to integrate the memories of loved ones in to new traditions and rituals, and embracing grief and the pain and fear that accompany it. A memorial candle-lighting ceremony will also take place to honor loved ones.
Because holidays and other significant days are when families and friends traditionally celebrate together, it is important to let those who are grieving know that they are not alone. Each year, Butler Funeral Homes dedicates itself to offering the community the most comprehensive holiday bereavement program in the area, in the hopes that we are able to help facilitate the process of healthy grief resolution.
For more information about the Holiday Help program, please call (217) 544-4646.