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Bereavement Services

   

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice bereavement services are open to all community members dealing with loss, free of charge.

All programs meet at Adventist 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 Monday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Click on the 'Coping With Grief' title for more information, or contact Jill Hinrichs at 630-856-6988.

Tommy's Kids Support Group and Camp

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. An adult/parent support group meets at the same time for those interested in attending.The spring group begins February 19, 2015.

Tommy's Kids also hosts a five-day summer camp for children ages 5-12 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. The 2015 camp will run from June 8th through the 12th. Camp will be held at Arabian Knights Farms in Willowbrook. Camp meets daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. rain or shine. To learn more about camp please contact Heather Kochen at (630) 856-6985.

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

Tommy's Kids/ Teens for Teens Referral Form

Camp Erin Chicago

Camp Erin Chicago would like to thank their generous sponsors who helped make our inaugural year an enormous success! The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation, Maria and Chris Korber, Alternative Home Care, New York Life, Downers Grove office, The New York Life Foundation, A Taste of Home Catering and Build a Bear Inc. Thanks to their support, the campers, volunteers and staff had an amazing experience at camp. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and support!

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 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.

Camp Erin Chicago will be held Friday, October 10-Sunday, October 12th at Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL. Print a Camper Application Here. Registration, which includes a meeting with the camp director prior to camp attendance, is mandatory. Please contact Heather Kochen at 630.856.6985 or email mailto:heather.kochen@ahss.org 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 www.moyerfoundation.org.

Interested in volunteering for Camp Erin? Click here for an application!
Interested in sponsoring Camp Erin? Click here to donate!

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.

Sessions meet for six weeks in the Spring and again in the fall. The next session will begin on Thursday, October 16th and runs Thursdays through November 20th, 2014. Please call Heather Kochen at (630) 856-6985 for more information or to learn about opportunities for support before the next session begins.

Tommy's Kids/ Teens for Teens Referral Form

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.

Adult Loss of a Parent

This grief support group is for adults who have experienced the death of a parent. The next seven-week group will begin Tuesday, January 13 and will run through February 24, 2015. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for seven consecutive Tuesdays. The last day to register for the group is Monday, January 12. Please contact Rosie Cohen at (630) 856-6993 for questions or to register for the upcoming session.

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 Willby's Restaurant, Willowbrook Holiday Inn.

Memorial Service

St. Thomas Hospice holds an annual candle lighting service honoring those patients who have died in the past year. The service is open to the community. Please call our bereavement department at 630-856-6990 for more information.

Other Services

  • Six bereavement mailings and follow-up phone calls throughout the 13 months
  • Access to individual counseling
  • Referrals to professional support outside Adventist St. Thomas Hospice program. This includes bereavement support groups available within the Adventist Health System.
  • Tree of Rememberence: Families are invited to participate and honor their deceased loved one at this annual holiday event.
  • Community education on grief and loss
  • Bereavement library
  • Support through the holidays, which include mailings, counseling and presentations
 

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