Grief Counseling & Support


Grief is a natural process. The OSF Hospice pastoral care and bereavement services offer patients and their families companionship and true understanding of their experience.

Individual grief counseling and/or support groups can nurture courage and strength.

OSF Hospice bereavement staff:

  • Provides counseling and support to patient and family members prior to death
  • Provides counseling and support for up to 13 months after the death...longer if needed (phone calls, visits, mailings)
  • Offers a memorial service to honor the departed loved one
  • Support groups


Professional grief counselors help assist with recognizing and expressing the many manifestations of grief:

  • Physical reactions
  • Mental chaos
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Social reactions
  • Spiritual concerns