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:
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.
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. Camp is 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 the 2013 Tommy's Kids Summer Camp
Thank you to our generous Tommy's Kids Summer Camp sponsors
Build a Bear, Inc.
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services
The Thomas P. And Patricia A. O'Donnell Foundation.
Grieving Grandmothers Support Group
Designed specifically by the staff at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, the 'Grieving Grandmothers' group is being offered in order to support individuals who are currently raising or helping to raise their grandchildren because they have experienced the death of their own adult child. By attending this group, participants will be able to form relationships with other grieving grandparents and get advice on how to raise a grandchild in a parental role.
The grieving grandmothers group will meet at St. Thomas Hospice beginning on Monday, April 15th 2013 and will run for six consecutive weeks from 6:30-8 p.m. Registration is required - please contact Heather Kochen at 630-856-6985 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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.
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 fall session will begin on Thursday, September 13th, 2012. Please call Heather Kochen at (630) 856-6985 for more information or to learn about opportunities for support before the next session begins.
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 runs from Wednesday, April 17th through May 29th, 2013. The group meets from 7pm to 8:30pm. 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.
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.
- 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