Through bereavement support services, people find a common ground as we learn about life and loss together.
Any person who has lost a son or daughter, husband or wife, parent, sibling, friend, or significant other are invited to join when they are ready. All are traveling their own journey through grief and mourning.
Our group is open to the public, even if St. Anthony Hospice Services were not used.
What is Bereavement?
Bereavement sometimes also referred to as grief, is a term used to describe the sense of loss felt when a loved one passes away. This sense of loss may contain a host of emotions, such as sadness, anger, guilt and/or frustration and anxiety, and the period immediately following the death is often referred to as the mourning period. People who are acutely bereaved or grieving may also be described as “in mourning” for the deceased.
Coping with Bereavement
Coping with the loss of a loved one and the resulting mix of emotions can be overwhelming. Allowing yourself time to grieve and come to terms with your own feelings is imperative to finding peace. Though it may seem impossible, you must remember to be patient with yourself and give yourself time to cycle through different emotions and come to a natural feeling of calm and/or acceptance. Most people find some support a source of comfort when they are bereaved, and seeking out caring friends and relatives, an organized support group or professional help may help you work through your emotions. They will likely also remind you that it is important to express your emotions rather than bottle them up inside, and help you remember that though you have suffered a loss, you are still alive and must live your own life.
St. Anthony Bereavement Services provide:
- Adult support groups
- Children's workshops
- Quarterly phone calls
- Monthly mailing of grief material
- Memorial services
St. Anthony Hospice workshops address a wide variety of issues dealing with death and loss that are age appropriate. Children's workshops are held two times a year. Please call for more details.
The adult bereavement support group meets:
Where: St. Anthony Home Health & Hospice office (located on the second floor of the hospital in between Iowa Heart and Wolfe Eye Clinic).
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
Time: 5:00 p.m.
How long: Meetings last approximately one hour.
Call (712) 794-5279 or (712) 794-5392