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Bereavement Services


AMITA Health St. Thomas Hospice bereavement services are open to all patient families and community members dealing with loss.

All programs meet at AMITA Health St. Thomas Hospice, 119 E. Ogden Avenue Suite 120 Hinsdale, IL 60521, unless otherwise noted. Please call 630-856-6990 for upcoming dates or to register for a specific program. These programs and services include:

Coping With Grief

This ongoing adult support group meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Click on the 'Coping With Grief' title for more information, or contact Cathy Tobin 630-856-6970

Tommy's Kids Support Group

This grief support group is for children ages 4-12 who have experienced a significant loss due to death. Each session meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays for six weeks in the spring and fall. The next session begins February 15 and runs through March 22, 2018. An adult/parent support group meets at the same time for those interested in attending. 

Tommy's Kids Grief Support Referral Form

Tommy's Kids Camp

Learn more about this year's Tommy's Kids Camp here!

Interested in volunteering for 2018's Tommy's Kids Camp? Click here for an application!
Interested in sponsoring Tommy's Kids Camp? Click here to donate!

Tommy's Kids also hosts a five-day bereavement camp for children ages 5-12 who have experienced the death of someone they love.

The 2018 camp will take place June 25 - 29 at Katherine Legge Memorial Park in Hinsdale.

Camp meets daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. rain or shine.  Cost is $50 per camper with scholarships available. To learn more about camp please call Laura Cottrell (630) 856-6985 or

Camp Erin Chicago

Interested in volunteering for 2018's Camp Erin? Click here for an application!

Interested in sponsoring Camp Erin? Click here to donate!

Camp Erin Chicago would like to thank their generous sponsors who  help make each year's Camp Erin Chicago such a success! Thanks to our donor's support, the campers, volunteers and staff had an amazing experience at camp. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and support!

Camp Erin Chicago will be held October 19 - 21 at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfurt, ILPrint a Camper Application Here. Registration, which includes a meeting with the camp director prior to camp attendance, is mandatory. Please contact Laura Cottrell at 630.856.6985 or for more information. Please register early as space is limited to approximately 50 campers. For more information about The Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin please visit

Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin® is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support – lead by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Camp Erin is offered free to all families.

NEW from The Moyer Foundation 2016 

   Focused on continuing and expanding their support of children and families affected by grief and addiction, The Moyer Foundation has launched a comprehensive online library of carefully curated resources that provide the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences.  With the expertise of hundreds of supportive partners, The Moyer Foundation Resource center offers a personalized set of articles, videos, activities and referrals that explore grief, addiction, bullying, suicide, mindfulness, mental health, and much more. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, accessed by website, email and phone, reflects the individual needs of each family and child that needs support.

Adult Loss of a Parent

As adults we all know that our parents will one day die, but their death often has a greater impact than we could foresee.  Regardless of your age or the age of your parent; the quality of your relationship; or how recent or distant the loss, the death of a parent is a difficult passage in life.  When we are grieving, what we need most is to give ourselves permission to mourn our loss and to receive that permission from those around us.

Support groups provide an opportunity for grieving persons to better understand the wide range of thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with grief.  Perhaps more importantly, they offer a safe place where group members come together for mutual support and to learn that their feelings are normal.  We invite you to join our next support group for adults who are experiencing the death of a parent/s.

WHEN: February 13 through March 20, 2018 (6 Weeks)
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Please call for registration.

WHERE: AMITA Health St. Thomas Hospice

119 E. Ogden Avenue, Ste. 120
Hinsdale, IL 60521

The session topics are: Introduction and Telling Our Stories, The Journey of Grief, The Needs of Grief, Introducing Our Loved Ones, All the Losses Related to the Death of Our Parents, Holidays and Special Days, Remembering Our Parents.

Group size is limited and registration is required.  Regular attendance is important.  Each session builds on the one prior

If you have any questions or would like to register for the group, please give me a call at (630) 856-6993 or email

Family Night

This grief support program meets on the first Thursday evening of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It is intended to provide ongoing support for families who have attended previous bereavement support programs and also to familiarize new families to our programs while they wait for the next Tommy's Kids or Teens for Teens Support Group sessions to take place. Dates and topics vary so please contact Rosie Cohen at (630) 856-6990 for more information.

Interfaith Memorial Service

St. Thomas Hospice holds an annual memorial service each March honoring those patients who have died in the care of St. Thomas Hospice during the past year. The memorial service is also open to members of the community who would like to participate in the naming of their loved ones during prayer
The service is open to the community. Please call our bereavement department at 630-856-6990 for more information.

L.E.O. (Let's Eat Out)

This program is a chance for those who have experienced losses to have dinner and socialize together. L.E.O. Meets every other month on the third Wednesday at Steven's Restaurant in Woodridge, IL.

Teens for Teens

 This grief support program is designed specifically to meet the needs of teenagers who have experienced the loss of a close friend or family member. Teens for Teens proposes that teens can be best supported through the grief process by providing them with opportunities to express their feelings and thoughts in a variety of ways in an atmosphere where they feel safe and respected.

Teens for Teens meets February 15 through March 22, 2018. Each session meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays for six weeks in the spring and fall. Please call Laura Cottrell at (630) 856-6985 for more information or to learn about opportunities for support before the next session begins.

Teens for Teens Referral Form

Other Services

  • Six bereavement mailings and follow-up phone calls throughout the 13 months following the death of a loved one. 
  • Access to individual counseling and referrals to independent grief therapists.
  • Referrals to professional support outside AMITA Health Adventist St. Thomas Hospice support area.
  • Tree of Remembrance: Families are invited to participate and honor their deceased loved one as part of this annual holiday tradition. Watch for the Tree of Remembrance link that appears on our webpage each November.
  • Community education on grief and loss
  • Bereavement library
  • Support through the holidays, which include mailings, counseling and presentations