“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

Patricia Cox
R.N.,A.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Grief Counseling
We have partnered with Patricia Cox, R.N., A.C.S.W., Ph.D. to offer families grief counseling. Patricia has a very diverse background as a counselor that includes over 35 years of therapeutic experience. She specializes in issues of depression, anxiety, life transitions, and grief and loss. Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and has experience as a registered nurse, teacher, and clinical social worker. She currently maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and family counselor.

At Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services, our care continues long after the funeral to help you heal in the weeks and months after the loss of your loved one. At Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services, we are here to help you, whenever you need us.

Interactive Grief Support
At Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services, we are here for you before, during and after the funeral. Click the Guiding Grief button to the left for our interactive grief support.


Support Groups
A support group for widowers and widows sponsored by OSF St. Anthony Medical Center Auxiliary. They meet the last Saturday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in St. Anthony Medical Center Cafeteria. For more information, contact Bob or Peggy at (815)-633-1642.

Glory Girls
A Christian-based group for widows that meets the first Saturday of the month for a potluck gathering. For more information and locations, please contact Nita Osbern at (815)-871-2569.

Grief Share
A Christian-based grief support group offered at area churches. For more information, please contact Barb at (815)-316-2700.

Group Hope
A support group for those challenged by mental health issues. For information, please visit www.grouphope.org and www.dbsalliance.org or contact Charles Smith at (815)-398-9628.

Healing Hearts
Healing Hearts is a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of a child through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. They meet the third Monday of most months at 6:30 p.m. at The Haven Network. For more information, visit www.thehavennetwork.org or call 815-962-1512.

Heart to Heart
Held by the Pediatrics Unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital to help parents cope with the death of their child. Call 815-971-5309 for more information.

Hospice Care of America
Open-ended grief group that meets every Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. at Hospice Care of America. For more information visit www.hospicecareofamerica.com or contact Barb Martin at (815)-316-2700.

OSF Hospice
Held at OSF Home Care Office in Rockford. Groups meet every Monday from 3:30-5:00 P.M. For more information, contact Alice Inman at (815)-381-6374.

Ray of Hope – After Suicide
Support group for survivors of suicide. Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 P.M. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. For more information, contact Nita Osbern at (815)-871-2569.

Suggested Reading
Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change –(Miriam Neff)

A Grief Observed—(C.S. Lewis)

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting (Grief Share Presents) –(Robert W. Kellemen)

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss—(Jerry L. Sittser)

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One: A Devotional of Hope—(Kathe Wunnenberg)

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas—(Alan D. Wolfelt., Ph.D)

The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions –(Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, R.N., Ed.D. and Robert C. DeVries, D. Min., Ph.D)

For additions or corrections, please contact: Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Street, Belvidere, IL 61008

Phone: (815)-544-2616/Fax:(815)-544-5801