- feel supported
- make decisions
A safe place for any person experiencing grief
The death of a loved one brings a flood of feelings, including sorrow, loneliness, abandonment, confusion, helplessness, and sometimes anger and guilt.
Northern Illinois Hospice wants to be there for our families as they navigate through their loss, for companionship makes these times more manageable. As Henri Nouwen said, “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing...not healing, not curing...that is a friend who cares.” We seek to offer that sort of friendly support.
For 13 months after the death, we offer grief and bereavement support to the loved ones of our Northern Illinois Hospice patients. The type and amount of support we provide varies, depending on each family’s unique needs. Our bereavement professionals work closely with our families to identify what works best for them. We offer one-on-one visits, our educational newsletter Journey, special memorial services, personal letters, and grief support groups.
All grief support groups are offered to the public as well as Northern Illinois Hospice families. With our groups, we seek to create a kind of caring community for grieving people through which healing and growth can come. Our support group participants come from all walks of life, from many faiths, hospice and non-hospice, with many experiences. Although each individual is unique, as a group we are united in our common experience of loss. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact us at 815.398.0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact us for more information:
Greg Nicholl, M.Div., Bereavement Coordinator