Grief Support

Grief Support

The following are some tools available to assist you in your healing journey. Contact us to discuss other resources and find a personalized solution to support you on the road to recovery.

365 Days of Healing

With our daily emails of comfort and hope, you will feel supported knowing we’re here to walk with you through your journey of grief.

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Just One of Many

Here’s one example of our 365 Days of Healing emails, designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal.

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H.O.P.E. Grief Program

Helping Others Provide Encouragement

Warmest greetings,

You are invited to attend a social gathering which we believe may be helpful to you, or to someone you know who has lost a spouse.

Often times widowed people feel isolated and alone, believing no one really understands how he or she feels. Because of this, he or she is commonly reluctant to become involved with organizations or new people. H.O.P.E. surrounds you with people who share these similar circumstances.

The objective of this ongoing group for widows and widowers is to support one another in a social setting.

Our H.O.P.E. luncheon will be held at the Sunset Hill County Club in Edwardsville, Illinois, on the second Thursday of May, July, September, and November at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided. The cost is $14.00, payable at the luncheon.

Widows and Widowers interested in attending are asked to contact our Glen Carbon funeral home to RSVP. Please call 618-288-9500 Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

We are honored to sponsor this new opportunity and look forward to having you join us.

Please set aside the second Thursday of May, July, September, and November to be with us. May God watch over each of you as he brings you HOPE for the future with each new day.

Very Sincerely,

Randall and Linda Irwin
Margaret Vaught, Director

Children & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.

The following links provide more detailed information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss.

When Families Grieve™

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children's understanding of death and offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

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Helpful Children's Books

This list from Allina Health recommends children’s books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children of all ages, from preschool to age 12. They also have books for different types of losses, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them understand their feelings

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More Advice

Here you'll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you may want to read her book for even more insight.

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Irwin Chapel - Granite City
Phone: (618) 931-8000 | Fax: (618) 931-8668
3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040

Irwin Chapel - Glen Carbon
Phone: (618) 288-9500 | Fax: (618) 288-7956
591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, IL 62034

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