Grief Support Services
Provided by Ministry Home Care - Hospice Services
HELP-Teen Support for Ages 13-19
HELP is a peer teen support group offered to ages 13-19 who are hurting, experiencing an emotional uproar, grieving a loss, or suffering from a painful event. These confidential gatherings provide a safe, comfortable environment for learning about grief, finding support, sharing memories, and identifying feelings. By talking together, members support one another, providing opportunities for healing and understanding. Please note ages 17 and younger must have a signed permission slip to attend.
Facilitated by Ministry, the next teen support group will meet Sunday, December 22, 4p.m.-5p.m. at Ministry Home Care Hospice, 1000 E. Riverview Expressway, Suite 180 (next to Shopko) in Wisconsin Rapids. There are no fees, and pre-registration is not required. Interested individuals are encouraged to join the group at any time.
Anyone with questions about getting permission or other inquiries is encouraged to call Sandi Kahler at 715.346.0783 or toll free 1.800.397.4216.
Loss of Spouse Support Group
This 6-week series is offered in the spring and fall at the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids. For people aged 60 and over, information and support is provided to help participants cope with the multitude of feelings, adjustments, and day-to-day concerns experienced after the death of a spouse. Please call 715.346.0795 for upcoming dates and information.
Grief Support Group Open to All
Ministry provides grief support to everyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.
Ministry’s grief support groups are monthly adult gathering for individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. These gatherings provide a caring community for learning about grief, finding support, sharing memories, and identifying feelings. Their new Wisconsin Rapids grief support group meets the first Monday of each month, Noon-1:30pm at the Lowell Center, 220 3rd. Ave. S (Brehm Conference Room).
There is no fee to attend, no pre-registration is required, and everyone is welcome. For more information on this and other grief support opportunities, please contact Sandi Kahler, Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services, 715.346.0783.
The Journey of Life: Understanding Grief
When someone we love dies, they do not leave our hearts. Their presence is still very, very strong, and it rips us apart knowing we will never hear their laugh, or touch their soft face, or feel their embrace around our shoulders again. A piece of our life is missing, and their absence can be overwhelming.
Ministry Home Care is offering a series of grief support groups called “The Journey of Life: Understanding Grief.” The popular series includes six weekly sessions of information and support to assist adults in examining and understanding the grief process.
Facilitated by hospice staff and specially trained volunteers, the sessions will provide practical information and resources in a supportive setting, with the goal of enabling individuals to live with their loss.
There is no fee for attendance, but pre-registration is required. Please call Ministry Home Care—Hospice Services, 800.397.4216 for additional information and pre-registration.
Good Grief (Day Camp)
A Grief Support Group for Children & their Families
Good Grief is a group for families who have experienced a death to attend together. Children and adults share in a meal and then separate into peer groups for grief support activities and discussion with hospice facilitators. This group meets annually the second Wednesday in August. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. Parents of younger children are encouraged to be present.
Please call Ministry Home Care—Hospice Services, 800.397.4216 for additional information and pre-registration.
Finding Your Way through Grief at Holiday Time
The holidays can be especially difficult after a loved one has died. Ministry Home Care – Hospice is offering a unique support opportunity to help before, during and after the holiday season.
These meetings are open to any adult who is grieving the loss of a loved one, no matter how long it has been since the death. The groups are free of charge, but pre-registration is appreciated, to assure adequate resources are available for all attendees.
For more information on these and other grief support opportunities, contact Sandi Kahler, bereavement coordinator, at 800.397.4216 or Grief.MFLD@ministryhealth.org.