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Grief & Spiritual Support

The death of a loved one can change your world forever. So much of how we define ourselves and what gives our lives meaning is a reflection of the people we deeply love. When they die, we question who we are without them and struggle to find meaning and purpose. Grief is the high price we pay for loving someone and can be felt mentally, emotionally and physically. If you are grieving or supporting someone who is grieving, we hope that you will find the following information to be helpful and comforting.

At Adoray Hospice, we believe that:

Grief is a normal and natural response to the death of a loved one.
Within each person is the innate capacity to heal.
The duration and intensity of the grief experience are unique for each person.
A supportive and caring environment can facilitate the process of healing.

We are here to support you. Please call 715.629.1888 or 800.359.0174 to speak with a grief and loss expert or explore our website for additional information and resources.

Dorothy Washington, Grief and Bereavement Coordinator can be contacted at d.washington@adorayhomecare.org


Let Us Help

Adoray’s philosophy of bereavement support encourages the expression of grief through listening, normalizing and validating an individual’s unique experience. An important part of our mission at Adoray is our strong commitment to serving those who have been touched by loss. Our bereavement program is comprehensive, diverse and tailored to meet the needs of our families.

Services Provided:
Check-in Phone Calls
Remembrance Programs
GriefWords Library

Visits (when requested)
Chaplain Support
Information on Grief Support Groups (info at bottom of this page)
Referrals to Community and Online Resources
Educational Presentations
Adoray’s “Beyond the Wings” Grief Support Newsletter (mailed out quarterly)


Grief Support Resources

Please use this section of our website to explore outside resources on grief healing for adults, children, and families.

Grief Resources

NHPCO Care Connections
Hospice Foundation of America
Hospicejourney.org

Grieving Children and Teens

The Dougy Center-The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Hello Grief

Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child

Compassionate Friends
Faith’s Lodge

Grief and the Holidays

Grief.com
Three Cs for Holiday Grief
GriefNet.org
Grief Share
Silent Nights: Grieving Well through the Holiday – Adoray’s Holiday Remembrance Event

 

2019 Grief Support Groups

Many people find that sharing their grief with those who have also experienced the loss of a loved one can bring comfort, encouragement and healing. Following are a list of grief support groups operating Adoray’s service area, all are free of charge:

Amery – Grief Share
Location: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Date and Time: Thursday Evenings 6:30 – 8:00pm, January 10 – April 4, 2019. This group meets weekly for 13 weeks and participants may join in at any time. Please contact the group facilitator to confirm dates and time, to register, or for more information about GriefShare.
Contact: Rosemary at 715-651-5684

Baldwin – Paths to Peace Support Group Six Week Session
Location: Village Church Offices, 990 Hillcrest Street, Baldwin
Date and Time: Mondays Evenings from 6:00-7:30pm, March 4, 2019 – April 8, 2019. Pre-registration is requested and for questions or more information please contact the group facilitator.
Contact: Kathleen Helgeson – O’Connell Funeral Home 715-385-3725 or info@oconnellfuneralhomes.com

Dresser – Grief Share
Location: New Life Christian Community Church
Date and Time:  Thursday Evenings, February 7 – May 2, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. This group meets weekly for 13 weeks and participants may join in at any time. Please contact the church office or group facilitator to confirm dates and time, to register, or for more information about GriefShare.
Contact: Connie at 715-557-1431 or conjoh1@gmail.com

Ellsworth – Grief Share
Location: Zion Covenant Church
Date and Time: Please contact the church office to confirm dates and time, to register, or for more information about GriefShare.
Contact: Zion Covenant Church at 715-273-4148 or by email at: office@zioncovenant.org

Hudson – Community Grief Support Group
Location: Marie Blakeman Community Center, 1320 Wisconsin Street, Hudson
Date and Time: Meets weekly on Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30pm. This is a non-denominational group for grieving adults which meets on a regular basis. Contact the group facilitator with questions or to confirm a meeting date.
Contact: Bonnie at 715-381-3099 or 715-381-5120

Hudson – Paths to Peace Support Group Six Week Session
Location: Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Road, Hudson
Date and Time: Mondays Afternoons from 1:00-2:30pm, March 4, 2019 – April 8, 2019. Pre-registration is requested and for questions or more information please contact the group facilitator.
Contact: Kathleen Helgeson – O’Connell Funeral Home 715-385-3725 or info@oconnellfuneralhomes.com

New Richmond – Bakken-Young Six Week Session (Wednesday from 11am-12noon)
Location: St. Croix County Health & Rehab Center, 1445 N 4th Street, New Richmond, WI 54701.
Date and Time: Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019. Anyone is welcome to participate in the group, please contact the coordinator noted below to register by Friday, January 18, 2019.
Contact: Julia Rajtar, M.A.P.S., BCC Grief Support Coordinator. To register please rsvp by email at: julia.rajtar@bakken-young.com or call: 715-781-4003

New Richmond Bakken-Young Six Week Session (Mondays from 6-7pm)
Location: New Richmond United Methodist Church, 209 E Second Street, New Richmond, WI 54701. Use entrance off alley.
Date and Time: Mondays from 6:00pm-7:00pm, January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 & March 4, 2019. Anyone is welcome to participate in the group, please contact the coordinator noted below to register.
Contact: Julia Rajtar, M.A.P.S., BCC Grief Support Coordinator. To register please rsvp by email at: julia.rajtar@bakken-young.com or call: 715-781-4003

River Falls – Bakken-Young Six Week Session (Mondays from 6-7pm)
Location: St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 East Division Street, River Falls.
Date and Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2019.  Anyone is welcome to participate in the group.
Contact: Julia Rajtar, M.A.P.S., BCC Grief Support Coordinator. To register please rsvp by email at: julia.rajtar@bakken-young.com or call: 715-781-4003

St. Croix Falls – Grief Support Group Six Week Session
Location: St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center, 235 E State St, St. Croix Falls
Date and Time: Thursday April 25 – May 30, 2019. Mornings from 10:30am to 12:00pm or Evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Valley Conference Room. Pre-registration is requested and for questions or more information please contact the group facilitator.
Contact: Kevin Schumann, SCRMC Chaplain. To register please rsvp call: 15-483-3261 ext. 2016 or email at: kevin.schumann@scrmc.org

If you know of other bereavement support groups in the community and would like to be listed as a resource, please contact Dorothy Washington at 715.629.1888 or 800.359.0174 or email her at d.washington@adorayhomecare.org.

Remembrance Programs

Grief can shake us to our very core. Yet, it is an experience common to all of humanity. Remembering together can be a significant part of finding our way along the grief journey and fostering continuing bonds with our loved ones.

Each year, Adoray sponsors events to honor the lives of those who have been important to you. Remembering is made up of so much — happy times, sad times, lessons taught, lessons learned, the things we are grateful for as well as the things we could have done without. All of these thing are part of keeping memories real and alive in our hearts and minds.

Annual Memorial Service
Adoray’s Annual Memorial Service is a beautiful non-denominational service and remembrance. During this memorial celebration we listen to healing music and readings, and share stories about our loved ones who’ve had life endings.


Sunday, May 4, 2019 | 4:00 – 5:00PM
Location: The Deerfield – Chapel

We encourage family and friends alike to join us for this special event as we honor loved ones with music, messages, readings, and prayers.

*THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*
If you have any questions about this event please contact Dorothy Washington at 715.629.1906

Silent Nights: Holiday Help for Grieving Hearts
When the holiday season is touched with the grief of a recent or past loss, moments shared with family and friends or encountered alone can be tender, bittersweet, sorrowful, peaceful, lonely, comforting…
These paradoxes of the grief experience can be a new and disconcerting part of your holiday experience. Adoray offers a holiday grief support event which includes information about preparing for the holidays, an opportunity to share about your loved one and create a memento in their honor.

2019 Dates Coming Soon!