Support for those who have lost loved ones

By on February 2, 2012

GENEVA—Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a nonprofit organization offering support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, is offering a series of programs in February for those who have experienced the death of a family member or other loved one. All are held at FVVH offices, 200 Whitfield Dr., Geneva. The programs are open to everyone in the community and are offered free of charge, but registration is required at (630) 232-2233 or

“Our Grief Journey,” a program for adults who have experienced the death of a parent, any age child, sibling, friend or loved one, covers topics such as understanding the grief process, coping with grief, spirituality, and embracing change and growth. The group meets Thursdays, Feb. 2 to March 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Pathways” addresses the issues faced by those who are grieving the death of a spouse or life partner. Emotional support is offered, as well as assistance with accepting the death and dealing with grief. There are two sessions offered: the evening session will meet on Mondays, Feb. 13 to March 26, from 7 to 8: 30 p.m.; the daytime session meets Wednesdays, Feb. 15 to March 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Light Finders,” a support group for survivors of suicide loss, will begin Feb. 23. This group provides a safe environment to talk openly, and is a place to share experiences with others who understand this loss. Light Finders meets Thursdays for six weeks, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Next Step,” a drop-in support group for those who have lost a spouse or significant other, will meet on Feb. 9, and the second Thursday of each month. Participants will develop skills that will assist them in adapting to the life changes they are experiencing. February’s topic is “Creating a Home Maintenance Schedule”; see for all 2012 topics. Meets at 6:30 p.m.

For men who’ve experienced the loss of loved one, “M.A.L.E.S.” (Men After Loss Expressing Themselves Safely), will meet Feb. 11 and the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. M.A.L.E.S. provides an opportunity for men to freely express their thoughts and feelings with other men. Coffee and donuts provided.

In addition to adult and children’s grief support groups, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice offers support for those with life-threatening illnesses, medical equipment loans, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and a community-lending library. All services are provided free of charge, and Spanish interpretation is available for all programs. The agency supports all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties.