Preparing for loss: A different type of grief

Anticipatory grief refers to the type of grief you may be experiencing due to an impending loss – for example, if a loved one has a life-threatening illness or is at the end stages of his or her life. Fox Valley Hands of Hope can help.

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Individual support is available.

After one of our licensed clinicians determines your grief counseling needs, you will be paired with a FVHH volunteer who is extensively trained in all aspects of grief support. The volunteer will work with you for 16 months, providing a “listening ear” and identifying additional resources as needed during this difficult time – all at no charge to you. For adults 18 years of age and older. Call 630.232.2233 for more information, or email Christy Pitol at cpitol@fvhh.net

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

This ongoing monthly support program is for caregivers who are seeking a new life after their caregiving role has concluded. Life After Caregiving addresses topics such as navigating through grief and the loss of your role as a caregiver. This is an open group; however, registration is required.

WHEN: Second Monday of the month at 2 p.m.

For more information or to register, contact Christy Pitol at 630.232.2233 x230 or email her at cpitol@fvhh.net

Life After Caregiving is sponsored by Moss Funeral Home

PARTNER PROGRAMS

Fox Valley Hands of Hope also partners with select area organizations to provide support for caregivers and family members. All registration is handled by our partner organizations. For a list of our partners, click HERE.

HANDS OF HOPE

The Hands of Hope program provides emotional support to patients undergoing cancer treatment as well as their families. Fox Valley Hands of Hope helps patients by providing a non-intrusive, comforting presence that sends a message of care, compassion and hope.

Patients in the Hands of Hope program are provided with items and services designed to enhance their emotional comfort and reduce stress. These include books, blankets and pillows, music accompaniment, hand massages, movies, seasonal activities, a selection of refreshments, and other comfort care packages.

For more information, email info@fvhh.net or call 630.232.2233

HOSPICE SUPPORT

Support for area hospice patients and their families is provided through partnerships with Medicare hospice facilities and other organizations in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas.

Upon request, FVHH can provide a list of local hospices that may meet your loved one’s needs. Once in hospice, a FVHH-trained volunteer, at the request of the hospice provider, can assist the patient and family with social, emotional and spiritual support.

ASSISTED LIVING SUPPORT

In partnership with local assisted-living facilities, FVHH’s trained volunteers offer emotional support and companionship to seniors receiving care in residential senior living facilities in the Fox Valley area. Ask your facility to consider partnering with Fox Valley Hands of Hope.