Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes, and at the same time, they get to share strong feelings and remembrances with one another. That is why we often say our business is helping families 'remember life's special moments'.
In the days, weeks and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below, or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.
General Grief Resources
Fernside Online - An online resource for grieving children.
The Dougy Center - The first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. They provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
Chapin & Russell Associates
- Chapin & Russell (Healing Hearts, Changing Lives) is one of our local resources for Grief Support. They provide a companion service to of Wilton Mortuary that help grieving individuals and families heal after a loss. Call their office for a 30 minute session at no charge.GriefShare
- This is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving. It's a place to be around people who understand what you are feeling. At GriefShare, you'll learn valuable information about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future. Contact info. - There are two local churches now offering this support group:
Bethany Baptist Church 7229 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria - phone: 692-1755.Camp Courageous
- This is a supportive and fun one-day camp for children who have lost a loved one. Children will learn valuable tools to help them grieve in a healthy way, while connecting with other children, making new friends and participating in a wide range of activities. Open to children ages 5 to 18 with no charge. Registration necessary and available during autumn of year. For additional information contact:
Camp Courageous, Hospice Services Methodist Medical Center - phone: 672-5746.
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