We understand that their are a lot of decisions to be made in a short period of time during the planning of most funeral celebrations. Our Care Team will guide you every step of the way. Based on our years of experience, we have collected information about several related services that we are often asked about.
Grief Counseling & Support
Patricia Cox, R.N., A.C.S.W., Ph.D. - We have partnered with Patricia 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. Contact us for an introduction.
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 with someone from the SUICIDE Prevention Lifeline.
Elizabeth Ministry – An outreach of Holy Family Parish of Rockford 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.
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). They are interested people who help and support each other. Their 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. Their discussions are safe and nonjudgmental.
Healing Hearts – This parent support group hosted by the Haven Network is an informal monthly gathering of parents who are enduring the death of their baby. 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.
Heart to Heart – A support group hosted by Mercyhealth 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 at 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 at 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, at 2:30pm at Fairhaven Retirement Center (Contact Karon Pfile 815-636-4750)
Northern Illinois Hospice Grief and Healing Workshops – 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. Separate “Children and Teens Grieve Too!” workshop available for children ages 6-17.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com)
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Dekalb County Hospice
Dekalb County Hospice is a nonprofit community-based hospice program that has been providing quality end-of-life care and bereavement support to our community since 1982.
The Haven Network
The Haven Network helps families who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, SIDS, and early infant death. Services are available at no cost. For more information, call 815-962-1512 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heartland Hospice Service of Rockford
Heartland Hospice Services of Rockford offers patients with a life-limiting illness and their families supportive services that keep the patient comfortable, educate the family, and provide emotional support.
Hospice Care of America
Hospice Care of America’s experienced staff is dedicated to meeting the complex needs of patients compassionately, respectfully, and prayerfully.
Northern Illinois Hospice
Northern Illinois Hospice – Their mission is to provide a way for people to experience the final stages of their lives in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.
Visiting Nurse Association
Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) has been providing compassionate home health care to Rockford area residents for more than 90 years. Get more info by calling 815-971-3550.
- 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)