Local Grief Support Groups  

Local Grief Support Groups


HSHS 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 Wednesday 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 Dr. 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. Need to contact Christina or Ryan Nottingham for information at 217-306-4653.

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 5:30 – 7:00 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.

St. John’s Hospital Memorial Service

This Memorial Service is held at Calvary Cemetery 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 and map to location for any upcoming service.

Other Support Groups

Bereaved Parents of Springfield

This group 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.

Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois

Sudden Infant Death Services (SIDS) of Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit dedicated to the prevention of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths by providing educational programs to families, healthcare professionals, childcare providers, law enforcement personnel, and the general public as well as Bereavement Services to families and any others who have experienced the tragedy of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) regardless of cause or manner of death from birth to age 1 year. The services are at no charge to families. For more information, please email any questions to sids@sidsillinois.org or call 1-800-432-7437(SIDS).

Holiday Help Program-Butler Funeral

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. Bill McKenzie, MA, LCPC a grief and bereavement expert, presents practical ways to help cope during the holidays and other significant days. A memorial candle-lighting ceremony also takes place to honor loved ones. Reservations are requested for planning purposes. For more information about the Holiday Help program, please call (217) 544-4646 or visit the Butler website at www.butlerfuneralhomes.com/learning-center/upcoming-events

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Grief Share, a faith-based interdenominational 12-week program for adults who have lost a loved one. Time is Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. at Cathedral Atrium. Call Vicki Compton at 217-522-3342 for information.

St. Agnes Catholic Church

Healing Conversations is for adults to share and pray about losses they have experienced. Contact the Rectory office for more information at 217-793-1330

Westside Christian Church

Grief Share, a faith-based interdenominational 11-week program for adults who have lost a loved one. Sessions begin in late January and late August. For more information, contact Stephanie Dugan at 217-793-2800 or StephanieD@wschurch.org.

Memorial Health Systems 217-788-3000 (Contact Nancy @ Pastoral Care)


Memorial Home Services/Hospice Care, First and third Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington Street. Contact number: 217-741-6941


Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, 1600 W Walnut Street, Meeting Room 4. Second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Contact number: 217-503-3723


Taylorville Memorial Hospital, 201 East Pleasant Street. Second and fourth Monday 4:30-6:00 p.m., Conference Room 1222. Contact number: 217-503-3723


Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive. Second Friday of each month from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 301 Pekin Street. Contact number: 217-503-3723


Decatur Memorial Hospital, at St. John’s Lutheran Church 2727 N. Union Blvd. Second Tuesday of each month, Time 10:00–11:00 a.m. Contact number 217-521-1678

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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