Hospice offers hope for the new year

By on January 11, 2011

Photo: Trained volunteer facilitator Laura Mooberry works with children in Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice’s bereavement program for families who have lost loved ones. Courtesy Photo

GENEVA—To start out the new year with hope, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering programs in January to help families cope with a death loss, and to help those who have lost a life partner move on.

Herbie’s Friends is a program to help grieving families coping with loss, grief and death. The group is for families with children ages 5 to 18, and creates a safe environment to express thoughts, feelings and stories with others who have also experienced a death loss. Participants will enjoy a meal together, followed by activities led by trained facilitators. Herbie’s Friends meets Mondays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva. The program is free, but registration is required.

Next Step is a resource for those who have lost a life partner. Each month, the program offers practical topics that will help participants move forward in their grief journey, develop coping skills and adapt to the life changes they are experiencing. This drop-in group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at FVVH, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva.

The program is free, but registration is required. The topic for the Jan. 13 session is “Managing Your Finances,” in which participants will learn how to reduce financial worries by defining goals, understanding financial challenges, and developing a sound savings and investment strategy. See www.fvvh.org for a complete list of 2011 topics.

To register for either program, call (630) 232-2233. Spanish interpretation is available.