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Hospice Bereavement Support and Grief Counseling

Grief is often experienced in response to the death of a friend or loved one.  Taking care of yourself and accessing the support of  other family, friends and/or bereavement specialists and support groups can help you cope with your grief experience.

There is no right way to grieve. It is an individual process and a very natural part of life. Life will not be the same after a loss, but experiencing your grief will allow you to adjust to it. Grief lasts as long as it takes an individual to adjust to the changes in his or her life after the loss. It can take months or even years. Grief has no timetable.  Thoughts, emotions, behaviors and other responses may come and go.

Celtic Hospice offers a variety of grief and bereavement support services for the family and loved ones of our hospice patients.  For more information, see below and/or contact the Bereavement Coordinator in your area.  You can also request a call or information via our contact page.

For additional information and resources, please visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s Website and Caring Connections Website.


Illinois / Missouri:

For grief counseling by phone or to arrange a visit by one of our chaplains, please contact Mike Allen, Bereavement Coordinator at 636-496-0114 or 800-358-8227.


Southern Illinois:

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Onward is a grief support group for adults.  This group meets the first Thursday of every month
from 6:30 – 7:30 pm CST at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.  Doors open at 6:15 for a brief ‘meet and mingle’ prior to the meeting.

This group is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.

Onward is co-sponsored by Celtic Hospice and the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

For more information, please contact Leslie Rheinecker at 618-713-6059 or

Attendees are invited to bring a picture of their loved one to share with the group.


Northeast PA:

Holiday Bereavement Workshops:

Origins Gallery (580 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA) – December 15, 2015: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Celtic Hospice & Home Health Office (601 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA) – December 16, 2015:  1:30 – 2:30 pm

Our Northeast Pennsylvanitree of lifea office, located in Kingston, offers many bereavement services, including one-on-one counseling and group workshops.

We are also partnered with Camp Koala, a  bereavement camp for children.

For more information, please contact Marty Carr, Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator, at (570) 242-8691 or


North Central PA:


Our North Central PA office in Williamsport offers many Bereavement Services.  For more information, please contact Donna Miller, Bereavement Coordinator at (570) 560-3285 or Shirt Memory Bear

Memory Bears:

Our North Central PA office offers special handmade Memory Bears to our bereaved loved ones.  The bears are lovingly stitched by a special hospice volunteer and made out of a piece of clothing provided by the family in memory of their loved one.


Central PA:

Bereavement Support Group is held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at Carlisle Regional Medical Center (361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, PA)  from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Private Dining Room.

Bereavement Support Group is held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at Vibra Life (707 Shepherdstown Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)  from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Private Dining Room.

For more information, please contact Wendy Hoy, Bereavement Coordinator at (717) 713-9940 or