Grief Groups

Dr. Wolfelt Course Offered Free to the Community

Serenity Hospice and Home is pleased to announce they will be offering an 8-week class entitled, “Understanding Your Grief”.  There is an Oregon, Dixon and Rochelle group. The Oregon group will meet at The Serenity Shed located at 131 N. 3rd St. in downtown Oregon.  The Dixon group will meet in the Serenity Hospice office located inside the KSB Lovet Center located at 101 W. 1st St. in downtown Dixon.  The Rochelle group will meet at the Senior Center in Rochelle.

The structure of the group will follow the book by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt which covers ten touchstones in the areas of physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual growth to help you through the grief process. Wolfelt has written many books about healing after the loss of a loved one and is considered a leading grief educator. The class will be facilitated by Cathy Warren, who is Serenity Hospice’s Bereavement Coordinator. “I am very excited to offer a class like this one,” said Warren. “Our grief groups are usually open-ended and people come and go as they travel through their own journey of grief. This is a more structured approach and the participant will know exactly when it will end.” Each participant will receive a copy of the book by Dr. Wolfelt.

Please call Serenity Hospice to find out the next starting date of this class and to find out more information 815-732-2499.


Bereavement Support Groups

Grief groups are sponsored by Serenity Hospice and Home and open to anyone in the community who has suffered a loss. We ask that you call our office at 815-732-4111 and let us know you will be attending a particular group so that we are able to provide adequate

MOVIE MATINEE: First Monday of the month at The Shed from 2-4 pm.  We view a movie, and then discuss how it relates to grief and healing. You may bring a snack and/or drink if you wish.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION I meets the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1013 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon, IL.

HEALING HEARTS meets the second Sunday of each month from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at The Serenity Shed, 131 N 3rd St. in Oregon IL. This group offers support, understanding, compassion, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents, or siblings.

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS will meet on the second Sunday of each month from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at The Serenity Shed, 131 N 3rd St. in Oregon, IL . This group will offer a safe space for children/young adults (ages 4-18) who have experienced a significant loss learn about their grief and support each other. You must RSVP for this group, due to the age span we need to have enough materials, facilitators and of course snacks!

Lunch Bunch meets the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunrise II Family Restaurant, 101 W 2nd Street, Byron, IL.  This meeting is for fellowship and sharing by those who have survived the death of a family member. Each person will be responsible for his/her own lunch from the menu.

C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Friends etc.) meets the second Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m.. – 10:00 a.m. at The Serenity Shed, 131 N 3rd St. in Oregon, IL. This group is open to ALL adult bereaved persons in the community.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION II Meets the fourth Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at The Serenity Shed, 131 N 3rd Street in Oregon, IL. This group is open for anyone who has experienced the loss of  a loved one in the past 3 years.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at River’s Edge Inn, 2303 West 1st Street, Dixon, IL. Start your day out right by sharing the most important meal of the day with others who have survived the death of a loved one.

Evening Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month The Serenity Shed, 131 N 3rd St. in Oregon, IL, from 5:30 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. This group is open to ALL adult bereave persons in the community.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION III will meet the fourth Wednesday, of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Grace Funeral Home, 1340 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL. This group is open to all bereaved persons in the Community.


If No One Calls – We will Not Meet.

INDIVIDUAL VISITS are available by appointment.

For more information about any of these Bereavement Support Group Meetings or to make an individual appointment, please contact the Serenity Hospice and Home office at 815-732-4111 or e-mail or

Bereavement program funded in part by grants from United Way of Ogle County and Ogle County 708 Mental Health Fund.

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