Local Grief Support Groups
St. John’s Hospital Support Groups
Grief Support Group – General
A support group for adults ages 21 and over who have had any significant loss This group meets every Tuesday from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in the second floor St. Clare Annex, adjacent to the Chapel The group is led by Dee Stern For more information, call Spiritual Care Services at 217-525-5675.
This support group is for parents who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, still birth or early infant death Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at St. John’s Hospital in the second floor St. Clare Annex, adjacent to the Chapel For more information, call Spiritual Care Services at 217-525-5675.
Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.) Support Group
These informal group meetings are open to those who have had someone die from mental illness via suicide Meetings are held from 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at St. John’s Hospital in the second floor St. Clare Annex, adjacent to the Chapel For more information, call Spiritual Care Services at 217-525-5675.
Healing Hearts Child Bereavement
Please call St. John’s Children’s Hospital at 217-544-6464 Ext. 44625 for information about this Pediatric Bereavement Program Support groups are available for children, teens and adults.
Memorial Home Services Support Groups
Dealing with feelings of grief can be overwhelming in the midst of loss. The grief support groups at Memorail Memorial Home Services offer a private setting for individuals to share, discuss feelings, receive support, and offer comfort to others.
For more information, including specific dates and time of meetings, please call 217-788-3333. Or, visit the website: https://www.memorialhomeservices.com/Services/Home-Hospice/Support-Groups
Support groups begin every 6 weeks. Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St. in Springfield
*Please visit the following website for the current course schedule:
or call: 217-788-3333.
First Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 West Walnut Street in Jacksonville
Second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00
Taylorville Memorial Hospital, 201 East Pleasant Street in Taylorville
Other Support Groups
Bereaved Parents of Springfield
This group (formerly Compassionate Friends) meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Douglas United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas in Springfield Please enter the building on the south side, lower level For more information, contact Jim Dixon at 217-691-4906.
Religious Support Services
Westside Christian Church
Growing Through Grief is a support ministry for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one The 10-week program offers help in understanding the various aspects of the grieving process, as well as regaining one’s self esteem and rebuilding a meaningful life, with the primary focus being on the spiritual needs of the individual Sessions begin in late January and late August For more information, contact Stephanie Dugan at 217-793-2800 or StephanieD@wschurch.org.
Athens Christian Church GriefShare
GriefShare is a grief recovery support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. Each session includes a video seminar and small group discussion. Sessions are offered in spring and fall Call 636-8463 for information.
First United Methodist Church GriefShare
GriefShare is a grief recovery support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. Each session includes a video seminar and small group discussion. Sessions are offered in spring and fall Call Trish Quintenz at 793-9760 for information.
Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois
1-800-432-7437 (IL only) or 1-630-541-3901
Web Address: www.sidsillinois.org
Holiday Help Program—Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center
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 November, Butler Funeral Homes invites the community to 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 The event is free and open to the public.
Suzanne Howell, M.A., LCPC, a national expert on grief, presents practical ways to help people get through the holidays and other significant days Topics typically include identifying coping skills to get through the holiday season, learning creative ways to integrate the memories of loved ones into new traditions and rituals, and embracing grief and the pain and fear that accompany it A memorial candle-lighting ceremony also takes place to honor loved ones.
For more information about the Holiday Help program, please call (217) 544-4646.