Groups -- Bereavement

Bereavement (General)

Central Illinois

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Illinois) (1980 A,L)
This group provides phone support and victim court advocacy to people who are coping with the loss of a loved one from an alcohol-related crash. Contact MADD for meeting times. Meets at 2070 W. Munroe, Ste. B, Springfield, IL. MADD Illinois provides assistance with medical, emotional, and legal problems after an accident.
Call: (217) 523-MADD (6233) or (888) 440-MADD (6233)
Email:
Local Website: madd.org/local-offices/il
National Website: madd.org
Write: MADD Illinois, 2070 W. Monroe, Ste. B, Springfield, IL 62704

Champaign

Bereaved Parents of the USA, Champaign-Urbana Chapter (2012 A,L)
This group provides support for any adults who have lost a child, grandchild, or sibling. The group is the local chapter of the national nonprofit organization, Bereaved Parents of the USA. Meets 2nd Sun., 4:30-6:00 p.m., Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields South Dr., Champaign.
Call: Jane and Jerry Pica (217) 373-1321 or Linda and James Ellison (217) 840-6377
Email:
National Website: bereavedparentsusa.org
Write: Jane Pica, 2521 Pinehurst Dr., Champaign, IL 61822

GriefShare (The Vineyard Church) (2000 A,L)
This 13-week grief recovery seminar and support group is nondenominational, but does feature biblical teachings. The registration fee is $20. For directions to the meeting room, look for signs or go to the Welcome Desk in the church. Meets Tues., 6:45-9:00 p.m., The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.
Call: Thad Sweet (217) 384-3070
Email:
Local Website: thevineyardchurch.us
National Website: griefshare.org
Write: Thad Sweet, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Healing After Loss (2017 F,P)
This support group meets quarterly and is intended for those 18 and older who have lost a loved one to cancer. Group meets quarterly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Carle Cancer Center, 1st floor conference room, 509 W. University, Urbana. Please call for meeting dates.
Call: Kimberly Harden (217) 383-3581
Email:

Impacted by Gun Violence Support Group (2016 F,P/L)
This support group will provide a safe, supportive and compassionate environment for adults whose lives have been directly impacted by gun violence. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and bond with others with similar experiences and gain insight, information and resources to promote healthy grieving and healing. Meets 1st Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Presence Covenant Medical Center (use main entrance, follow signs), 1400 W. Park St., Urbana.
Call: Donna Tanner-Harold (217) 351-2429
Email:

Life After Loss Support Group (1990 F,P/L)
This support group is for adults who are experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. Members share experiences and participate in activities allowing them to remember their loved one and to move on in their lives. Call for meeting schedule, location, and to preregister.
Call: Rita Manning (217) 383-3151 or (800) 239-3620
Email:
Local Website: https://carle.org/classes/support-groups/life-after-loss.aspx
Write: Carle Home Health, 206 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign, IL 61822

Presence Grief Support Group (2011 A,P)
Facilitated through Presence Covenant Spiritual Care, this six-week program offers those grieving the loss of a loved one time to share stories, support, and hope with others who are grieving. The group meets in the Fall and Spring; contact Vera Duncanson for more information and to register
Call: Vera Duncanson (217) 337-2487
Email:
Write: Vera Duncanson, Presence Covenant Pastoral Care, 1400 W. Park St., Urbana, IL 61801

Rainbows For All Children (1983 A,P/L)
This program offers groups to help children who are grieving the loss of a parent or guardian due to death, divorce, deployment or other loss. Contact Rainbows to find groups.
Call: (847) 952-1770
Email:
National Website: rainbows.org
Write: Rainbows for All Children, 1007 Church St., Ste. 408, Evanston, IL 60201

Coles

Hopeful Horizons (2012 P)
This group provides support for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one due to death. Meets 3rd Thurs., 1:00-2:30 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Prairie Pavilion Bldg. II, Hospice conference rm.
Call: Dawn Macke, Bereavement Counselor (800) 454-4055
Email:
Write: Dawn Macke, Lincolnland Hospice of SBLHC, 1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon, IL 61938

Pathways Through Grief (1991 F,L)
This group provides education and support for anyone experiencing a loss through death. Meets 1st Wed., 7:00-9:00 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Education Center, 1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon.
Call: Dawn Macke, Bereavement Counselor (800) 454-4055
Email:
Local Website: sarahbush.org
Write: Dawn Macke, Lincolnland Hospice of SBLHC, 1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon, IL 61938

Macon

Hidden Victims Phone Support (F,P)
This program provides phone support to people who have survived the death of a significant other from a homicide or DUI fatality. The service is provided by the Victim Services Coordinator of the State's Attorney's Office. The service also provides survivors with individual therapy by a licensed therapist. Survivors must be referred to therapy by the services coordinator. Therapy is provided through grant funds. There is no cost. The incident must have occurred in Macon County. Survivors must cooperate in the prosecution of a case. Survivors who reside outside of Macon County may participate in individual therapy if they are able to come to the program.
Call: Melanie Long, Certified Advocate, Victim Services Coordinator (217) 424-1419
Email:
Write: Melanie Long, Macon County State's Attorney's Office, 4th Fl., 253 E. Wood St., Decatur, IL 62523

Vermilion

GriefShare (Southside Church of the Nazarene) (2004 A,P/L)
This group provides a 13-week, grief recovery seminar and support group. The program is nondenominational, but does feature biblical teachings for recovery. The focus is on healing. There is a fee for a workbook. Meets Thurs., 6:00-7:30 p.m., fall and spring, Southside Church of the Nazarene, Fellowship Hall, 1629 King St., Tilton.
Call: Midge Van Cleave (217) 354-4149 or church office (217) 446-7876
Email: -
National Website: griefshare.org
Write: Midge Van Cleave, RN, Parish Nurse, Southside Church of the Nazarene, 1629 King St., Tilton, IL 61833