Lincolnland Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln provides free community bereavement in a wide variety of formats to meet the diverse needs of community members. Services are offered one-on-one and in group and family settings. Below are structured bereavement programs.
Lincolnland Hospice is aware that children, too, mourn the death of a loved one. They experience the loss and grieve in their own special way between the ages of 0 to 12.
Any drastic change in a child’s life can cause emotional upheaval. The first thing they will want to know is what happened to have caused this change in their life.
Good Grief is a program offered to help children grieve. Area schools have literature for children of all ages and for adults who are helping children through this difficult process.
It was made possible through grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
Hopeful Horizons is a grief and education support group. Anyone seeking bereavement support and/or education about the grieving process is welcome to attend. There is no fee to participate. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Lincolnland Conference Room in Prairie Pavilion 2 on the Health Center’s campus, and will be facilitated by Dawn Macke, bereavement counselor.
Memory Day is geared toward children who have experienced the death of a loved one. It focuses on cherished memories children have of special people or pets they have lost in their lives, as well as pay tribute to them. As part of the event, children will plant flowers in a garden near the Main Entrance of the Health Center.
Windows to Heaven is a celebration of life that honors children who have died.
Hand-crafted windows line the walls of the Health Center’s chapel and hold more than 200 stars honoring children that have died too soon. The silver stars can be purchased throughout the year for $20 each and are engraved with each child’s name. An annual celebration is held in February in which each child is remembered.
Pathways Through Grief is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one. It meets 7 to 9 pm,on the first Wednesday of the month in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at SBL.
Hospice Memorial Service
Annually, Lincolnland Hospice hosts a memorial service in which names of loved ones are read and remembered. It is open to anyone who has experienced a loss. People wishing to have their loved one remembered during the service have an opportunity to supply the information on paper provided when they arrive at the service.
For more information about any bereavement program, call Lincolnland Hospice at 800 454-4055.