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.
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.
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
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.