Bereavement Care & Support Groups
At Memorial Home Services Hospice, bereavement care is an integral part of our plan of care for families both prior to and after the passing of a loved one. Grief and mourning are an integral part of the healing process for a spouse, family member or friend after the loss of a loved one. The bereavement program at Memorial Home Services is available to help individuals through their healing process.
Our bereavement program continues up to 13 months after the passing of a loved one and helps families and friends deal with feelings of sadness, loss and grief. We understand there is never enough time to prepare for the loss. But with support, time to grieve, patience and effort, there can be peace and acceptance.
We understand that not everyone grieves in the same way, so various bereavement services are offered to suit the individual:
- Bereavement Coordinator - The bereavement coordinator calls or visits families to identify bereavement needs. The coordinator is available before and after the passing of a loved one. Our coordinator is specially trained and experienced in the process of grief and loss.
- Trained Volunteers - Emotional support is provided by trained volunteers through monthly phone calls, visits and assisting with family needs. Volunteers are available to listen to families and friends in need of companionship.
Volunteer assistance is available before and after the passing of a loved one. Volunteers can provide a break for families and friends, help run errands, and provide transportation for families.
Memorial Home Services is always looking for new volunteers to join our bereavement team. If you feel that you can contribute your skills and companionship, please call 800-582-8667 or 217-788-4663, or submit your application online.
- Hospice Memorial Services - Services are a celebration of life for families to remember their family member, reconnect with the hospice team, and reflect. They are held in Springfield, Jacksonville & Lincoln.
Memorial services are a time to celebrate the life of a loved one and remember them through liturgy, scripture, song, music and reflection. Families and friends are invited to attend. The names of hospice patients are read during the services, and families are invited to light a candle of remembrance for their loved one.
- Support Groups - "Always in our Hearts" is an adult bereavement support group established to help individuals cope with the loss of a loved one. Monthly support groups provide an opportunity for mutual sharing and support. Those who have suffered a loss have an opportunity to discuss their feelings and changes the loss has brought to their lives. Participants can share coping methods for dealing with emotions and get reassurance that they are not alone in their loss.
Support group meetings are facilitated by an experienced bereavement professional and open to anyone who wants to attend. Meeting locations and times are:
Memorial Home Services
720 North Bond Street
Springfield, IL 62702
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Passavant Area Hospital
1600 W Walnut St.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
1st & 3rd Mondays of each month
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Taylorville Memorial Hospital
201 E Pleasant St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
2nd & 4th Monday of each month
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
200 Stahlhut Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656
2nd Thursday of each month
5 - 6:30 p.m.
- Mailings & Educational Materials - Throughout the 13-month bereavement care program, individuals may receive mailings with information about the stages of grief and strategies for dealing with grief and mourning.
For more information about our bereavement program or to speak with someone about bereavement care, call 800-582-8667 or 217-788-4663, or email us.