Illinois Valley Hospice

Bereavement Care & Support Groups

At Illinois Valley Hospice, bereavement care is an integral part of our plan of care for families both before and after the passing of a loved one. Grief and mourning are a natural part of the healing process after the loss of a loved one. The bereavement program at Illinois Valley Hospice 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 those 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, etc.

IVCH and Illinois Valley Hospice Memorial Services

Services are a celebration of life for families to remember their loved one and reconnect with the hospice team.

Memorial services are a time to celebrate the life of loved ones 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.

If you have questions about hospice eligibility, please call us at 815.224.1307.