Grief Support

Grief support options in Quincy, ILIf you are visiting this section, it is likely that you recently experienced a loss. We know this is a difficult time for you, and we hope the information you find here will help you get through your experience.

We each grieve in our own individual way. How we handle the loss of a loved one depends on our personal backgrounds, and even on how the person died. But there are some common threads that run through all kinds of grief. Understanding these basic elements will help you understand that you are not alone in how you feel.



Griefwords Library by Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

The Griefwords library contains over 60 articles on grief topics by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Author, educator, and grief counselor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt is known across North America for his inspirational teaching gifts. His compassionate messages about healing in grief—based on his own personal losses as well as his experience supporting children, teens, adults, and families over the last three decades—speak not only to the intellect but to the hearts of all who hear him. Perhaps best known for his model of “companioning” versus “treating” mourners, Dr. Wolfelt is committed to helping people mourn well so they can live well and love well.

Local (Quincy) Grief Support Group Information

HEAL (Helping Every Adult with Loss) is a grief support group that offers friendship for adults who have lost a spouse, close relative or friend.

  • Day: Third Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Blessing Cancer Center – Oncology Resource Room (just inside the Cancer Center)

SHARE offers friendship and support to parents grieving over the loss of a child.  The group is open to any parent whose child died from miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, illness, accident, suicide or homicide.  Grandparents and other support person are also invited to attend.

  • Day: Second Thursday of each month
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Blessing Cancer Center – Oncology Resource Room (just inside the Cancer Center)

For more information about HEAL or SHARE, please contact Christy Woodward at (217) 223-8400, ext. 6825.

Understanding Grief (grief resources courtesy of the NFDA)

If you have recently lost a loved one, most likely you are grappling with a mix of difficult emotions.  Maybe you are in shock at the sudden death of a family member.  Of perhaps interwoven with your sorrow is a sense of peace for a friend who suffered through a trying battle with cancer.  While understanding grief is a complicated thing, it can help to look at how the circumstances surrounding a death can influence your feelings.  The following sections are meant to give you insight into how your situation may be affecting your grief.

Websites that offer Grief Resources

General Grief Support
AARP: Grief and Loss
Center for Loss & Life Transition
Crisis, Grief, and Healing
GROWW: Grief Recovery Online
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Bereaved Parents
Alive Alone
Alliance of Grandparents, A Support in Tragedy
Bereaved Parents of the USA
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
National SIDS Resource Center
Parents of Murdered Children
The Compassionate Friends

Empowering Caregivers

Dougy Center
• Make a Wish Foundation 

American Association of Suicidology
Centre for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

When A Loved One is Dying
Caring Connections
Hospice Foundation of America
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Widows & Widowers
Parents Without Partners