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Have you lost your spouse or life partner?

Losing your life companion can be scary, but you are not alone.

A licensed clinician supervises all programs and will assist you to determine your needs. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the services listed below.

For more information on Support Groups and Individual Adult Grief Support, email griefsupport@fvhh.net

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

Individual grief services include meeting with a clinician for short-term, individual grief counseling, or with an FVHH volunteer who is extensively trained in all aspects of grief support.

The work with a FVHH volunteer is focused on facilitating a grief companioning relationship for up for 12 months, which provides a listening and supportive ear while identifying additional resources as needed during this difficult time. Meeting with a volunteer is recommended for those who have made progress in their grief process already but need ongoing supportive conversations.

GROUP PROGRAMS

Pathways is a Six-week support group for those who have gone through the death of a spouse or life partner. It’s designed to address the issues faced by you as a surviving partner, provide emotional support, and help you accept the death and cope with your grief.

This program is provided at no charge to participants; however, registration and a refundable deposit are required. Email griefsupport@fvhh.net for more information

Crossroads is a Monthly support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. This program is designed specifically for those who have gone through the 6-week Pathways group. Participants will have journeyed through some of the initial stages of loss and are preparing to seek a new life direction. For more information or to register, email griefsupport@fvhh.net.

The Fox Valley Hands of Hope M.A.L.E.S. support group was developed specifically for men who are grieving the loss of a loved one, providing a forum where guys can “let go” and freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men who are experiencing the same challenges. M.A.L.E.S. group sessions are facilitated by trained, experienced group leaders. This open (drop-in) group meets the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts are provided. For more information, email griefsupport@fvhh.net.

This is an open grief support group specifically for Spanish speaking individuals.  Sessions will be available as participants sign up. Please email griefsupport@fvhh.net to see how you can get involved.

If you’ve lost a loved one, the holiday season can trigger powerful emotions. Hope for the Holidays, a program conducted by Fox Valley Hands of Hope from November through January, provides participants with coping skills to get through the holiday season and, if appropriate, incorporate the memories of their loved ones into holiday traditions. A concurrent program is conducted for children.

Information on the next session will be available in the Fall of 2021

This drop-in group is for people who have undergone the traumatic circumstance of losing a loved one to COVID-19. These sessions will be available as participants sign up. Please email griefsupport@fvhh.net for details on current sessions. 

This monthly support group is for grieving parents who are experiencing the loss of a life partner. Here they will learn how to cope with their own grief while attending to the bereavement of their children. Please email griefsupport@fvhh.net to see how you can get involved.