Local Grief Support Groups  

Local Grief Support Groups


HSHS St. John’s Hospital Support Groups

Grief Support Group – General

SHARE Program

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 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.

St. John’s Hospital Memorial Service

This Memorial Service is held in St. John’s Chapel every three months and is open to anyone who has suffered a loss. Please call Spiritual Care Services at 217-525-5675 to confirm the exact date for any upcoming service.

Healing Hearts Child Bereavement

Please call St. John’s Children’s Hospital at 217-757-6770 for information about this Pediatric Bereavement Program. Support groups are available for children, teens and adults.

Other Support Groups

Grief Support

This group is open to all Central Illinois residents dealing with a loss. Location and meeting times are:

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
Phone: (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

Second Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital,
200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln

Bereaved Parents of Springfield

This group (formerly Compassionate Friends) meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second 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 Moe Alwardt, Chapter Leader, at 217-691-8578.

Religious Support Services


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Contact Bev Hoffman at 217-522-3342

Little Flower Catholic Church

Contact Dee Stern at 217-529-1606

St. Agnes Catholic Church

Meets on third Thursday of each month. Contact the Rectory office for more information at 217-793-1330

Westside Christian Church

Growing Through Grief is a support ministry for adults who have lost someone to death. 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.

Other Rersources


Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois

1-800-432-7437 (IL only) or 1-630-541-3901

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 annually invites the community to discover, uncover and nurture hope by attending a Holiday Help program each November. The event is free and open to the public.

Our speaker 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.

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.

Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center- Springfield
Phone: (217) 544-4646
900 S. Sixth St., Springfield, lL 62703

Butler Funeral Home-New Berlin
Phone: (217) 488-3535
714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin, lL 62670

Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center- Chatham
Phone: (217) 483-9292
8855 State Route 4, Chatham, IL 62629

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