Grief Support

It’s very natural to reach out for help when you are hurting, and sharing experiences with others who are in similar situations can be very healing. However, everyone is different and you may find that a group setting is not right for you, but instead you prefer volunteering or one-on-one therapy. No matter how you choose to heal, we can help.

Support groups available to you include:


Healing Grief, Finding Peace…

A weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.  At this healing place, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life.  When a loved one has died, you need people who understand the deep hurt you feel.  See our CALENDAR for the dates.


Kids Good Grief Camp
Kids Good Grief Camp is an afternoon of both support and fun. Your child will learn valuable tools to help them grieve in a healthy way, while connecting with other children, making new friends, and participating in a wide range of activities.

See our CALENDAR for the dates.


Healing Yoga for Grieving Hearts

How we experience grief is unique to every individual, why would healing be any different?  Ahh Yoga and Staab Funeral Homes are collaborating to assist people through their grieving process. The new Healing Yoga for Grieving Hearts workshop will guide you along your journey through grief by giving you tools to grow past the loss and find new peace in the present. Read more HERE.

See our CALENDAR for the dates.

Interactive Grief Support

At Staab Funeral Homes, we are here for you before, during and after the funeral. We know how difficult the months and years after losing a loved one can be, and we are here to help.  Staab provides exceptional bereavement resources to the community year round; from a complete grief library to a variety of support groups and special programs.  Losing a loved one is always hard but during holidays, it can be more difficult.


HSHS St. John’s Hospital:

E-Mail: [email protected]

Information from: St. John’s Support Groups website

Grief Support Group: Weekly

A grief support group for any type of loss. Ages 21 and older.

  • Meets: Every Tuesday
  • Phone: 217-525-5675
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: St. John’s Hospital, St. Clare Annex, near Chapel


Share Support Group – Monthly

For people who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or infant loss.

  • Meets: First Wednesday of each month
  • Phone: (217) 525-5675 ; Christina & Ryan Nottingham – (217) 306-4653
  • Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: St. John’s Hospital, St. Clare Annex, near Chapel


Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts is a bereavement program to provide support and resources for families who have experienced loss through the death of a family member or close friend. The purpose of this program is to gain a better understanding of how children/teens grieve, to learn how to help children/teens cope with death, and to meet other grieving caregivers with similar issues, regrets or concerns.

  • Kids Support Group (ages 6-12)
  • Teen Support Group (ages 13-18)
  • Parent/Caregiver Support Group

To learn more, call Healing Hearts Bereavement Line at (217) 544-6464; ext. 44625

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group

For family and friends of those who have had someone die from mental illness via suicide.

  • Meets: First and Third Tuesdays of each month
  • Phone: 217-525-5675
  • Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: St. John’s Hospital, St. Clare Annex, near Chapel


Memorial Medical Center:

Information from Web site:

Grief Support Group

Groups are free and open to the public. Association or affiliation with Memorial hospice program is not a requirement.  All are welcome to come, share and receive support.

Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, Springfield, call 757-7677 for dates and times.

Passavant Hospital, Jacksonville, first Monday of the month, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, second Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Other Support Groups:

Bereaved Parents of Springfield

A non-denominational self-help group for bereaved parents and siblings.  Call Jim or Linda Dixon at (217) 691-4906 for more information.

Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., Springfield, IL  ***Verify times by calling number above

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Suicide Support Group by Mental Health Association


Survivor Outreach Program

Information from: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Peer Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

AFSP’s Survivor Outreach Program connects recently bereaved suicide loss survivors with trained volunteers who have also lost a loved one to suicide.

Reach out by going to:

Volunteer Opportunities:

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)


Volunteer opportunities include your church, Animal Protective League, American Red Cross, Central IL Food Bank, IL State Museum, Springfield Muni Opera, Ronald McDonald House, Franciscan Sisters Mission Outreach and many others.