Groups -- Bereavement

Death of a Child or Unborn Child


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
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Write: Jane Pica, 2521 Pinehurst Dr., Champaign, IL 61822

Empty Arms (2006 F,L)
This grief support network was established by two mothers who experienced the loss of their infants. The group provides understanding and compassion to parents who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death at any time in the past. Grieving parents, adult family members, and their friends are invited to learn more about the grief process, to grow through the experience, and to share in each other's lives. Meets 1st Thurs., 6:00-7:30 p.m., Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign.
Call: Becky Ames (217) 390-7418 or Meghan Drewes (217) 637-5338
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Share Support Group - Presence Covenant (2015 A,P)
This group is for those experiencing perinatal loss (the loss of an infant during pregnancy, at birth or shortly following birth). There will be brief presentations, but mainly it is a time for parents to discuss their own experiences of grief and their coping strategies. Meets 3rd Weds. 5:00-6:00 p.m. alternating each month between Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. Please call for more information and to register.
Call: Dorey Riegel (217) 337-4712 Urbana or Andrew Martin (217) 443-5265 Danville


Compassionate Friends - Bloomington/Normal Chapter (1986 A,L)
This group is a national, self-help support organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no religious affiliation and no fees are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome. Contact The Compassionate Friends national office for current local meeting information.
Call: National Office of The Compassionate Friends (877) 969-0010 or (630) 990-0010
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Angel Moms (2017 F,L)
This support group is for mothers who have lost a child. The group is open to mothers of any age who have lost a child of any age and due to any circumstance. Our purpose is to support each other through our grief journey. Meets 1st Thursday every month, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Jocko's Pizza Inn, 305 W. Williams Street, Danville. The group has a closed Facebook page; please ask to join.
Call: Julia Wilson (217) 213-7481