“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

Suicide Help Text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis
A live, trained Crisis Counselor will receive your text and respond quickly. The Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.  Or Call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) to speak for help from the SUICIDE Prevention Lifeline.

Elizabeth Ministry – An outreach to women in special times of motherhood.  The purpose is to affirm, support, encourage and assist women in response to their needs during the childbearing years.  (Contact Barb Beckett 815-398-4284)

Glory Girls  – Christian based group for widows for grief processing and socialization.  (Contact Nita Osbern 815-871-2569) Meets the First Saturday of the Month for Potluck.  The Second and Fourth Friday at restaurants for dinner and game night.  The Third Thursday of the month at a member’s home.

GriefShare  – A friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. To find a group in your area, check out GriefShare’s website at www.griefshare.org

Group Hope  – A program of the Mental Health Association of Rock Valley (MHARRV). In addition, Group Hope is associated with Mental Health America (MHA) and affiliated as a local chapter of the national Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).  We are interested people who help and support each other.  Our program is offered as a free/no-charge opportunity to talk with, and listen to, others who know the personal nature of depression, mania, anxiety, OCD and panic attacks. Our discussions are safe and nonjudgmental. (www.grouphope.org) Contact Charles Smith 815-398-9628

Healing Hearts A parent support group is an informal monthly gathering of parents who are enduring the death of their baby. We meet the third (3rd) Monday of every month, EXCEPT we do not meet in December, at The Haven Network office starting at 6:30pm. In addition to the specific topic for each session, there will also be time for parents to join together to engage in conversation about their personal experience and form friendships with other families in similar situations. If you plan on attending, please RSVP though the Facebook event page or by calling 815.962.1512

Heart to Heart  – A support group for grieving parents of minor children on “As Needed” basis.  An eight session program to provide help in coping with the death of your child.  (Contact Stacy Zell-Weavel, or Marcia Stalter @ 815-971-5309)

Heartland Hospice  – Meets every Tuesday at 6:00pm at Swedish American Hospital, Conference Rooms 2 & 3 on the First Floor.  Meets every Friday at 1:30pm at Peterson Meadows (Contact Kelly Ziemer-Hillan or Sylvia @ 815-397-3691

Journey Care – Grief Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Woods of Belvidere in the community Room.  Heritage Woods is located at 4730 Squaw Prairie Road, Belvidere.

Mothers of Adult Children – Meets the Second Wednesday of the month, @ 2:30pm at Fairhaven Retirement Center (Contact Karon Pfile 815-636-4750)

Northern Illinois Hospice – Open to anyone who has experienced the death of someone close to them, our groups and workshops focus on learning, healing and encouragement. Conversation topics include: understanding grief and mourning, common myths about grief, available resources, the importance of community, helping others to heal ourselves, and self-care. All are welcome. Pre-registration is required for groups and workshops. Call 815.398.0500 or email: [email protected] for more information. Locations of groups and workshops will be shared during pre-registration.

Please note: new members may join during the first and second meetings of any 6-week session. Shorter sessions are open to anyone who would like to join, however, sessions build upon themselves, so it is best to attend all of them.

Healing Community Grief Support Group – co-sponsored with OSF Healing Pathways (6-weeks)
Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30 a.m.  Beginning on January 16, 2018

Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7 p.m. Beginning on January 17, 2018

Children and Teens Grieve Too!  Workshop  (open to ages 6-17) Call 815-398-0500 to find out when to attend

OSF Hospice – To learn more about grief and spiritual support, please call (800) 673-5288.

Ray of Hope  – After Suicide – Support Group for all survivors of suicide. Meetings are held the Second and Fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm  in the Fireside Room at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4100 Augustana Drive, Rockford, IL 61107  Contact Karon Pfile, RN at    (815) 636-4750, email @ [email protected] or Nita Osbern 815-871-2569

Seasons of Hope – A Catholic Support group for those who are grieving.  Meets every Monday EXCEPT the second Monday of the month.  Meet at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Mitchell Hall Parish Center, 704 Clifford Avenue, Loves Park, IL  (Contact Kay Ethington 815-621-7117 or email at [email protected])

 The Haven Network, The Northern Illinois Perinatal Hospice & Bereavement Network – Perinatal hospice outreach for families experiencing the death of their pre-born or newly born baby.  Located at 124 N. Water Street, Suite 201, Rockford, IL  61107 (Contact Stephanie Grimm 815-962-1512)



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