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Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center/Grief Relief to showcase new facility
January 29, 2014

Helping area children and individuals cope with the loss of someone special in their lives is the sole purpose of the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center & Grief Relief, now located at 1161 W. Johnson Street in Fond du Lac.

The Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center offers a variety of support groups for children, Hospice Hope families, spouse and partner loss, child loss, an eight-week grief education support group and open grief support groups.

Grief Relief sessions offers free facilitated peer support groups for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Each age specific group of children in Grief Relief meets twice monthly, where age-appropriate art activities are planned for the children and families.

An open house on Thursday, March 6 will give the community a firsthand view of the center’s new facility, as well as an opportunity to meet the dedicated team of Agnesian HealthCare associates and volunteers.

The open house – scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. – will offer free refreshments, children’s crafts and tours.  Learn about these free services, one-on-one grief support, children’s support groups for all ages, and other available services.

Thanks to funding from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center & Grief Relief moved to its current location in late August 2013.

The new Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center/Grief Relief is conveniently located on Fond du Lac’s west side to help better accommodate the program’s growing client base.

“The Grief Relief program has grown significantly over the last few years,” says Sister Joyann Repp, MSN, RN, Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope bereavement coordinator. “Since we first opened, the community now has a better understanding of how grief support can benefit children and their family members who have had a significant death in their lives.

“In a safe positive supportive environment, children and families can work though their grief surrounded by their peers,” S. Joyann says. “And, our location is conveniently located for easy access for the busy families.”

The Grief Relief program has grown from one support group each month back in 2007 to two to three groups per week, as well as grief support groups at the Fond du Lac School District in eight-week sessions throughout the year.

The location provides ample space for support groups, in addition to drop in assistance during daytime hours for families that have questions, concerns or need for support.

“We are excited that our new location has an obvious presence within the community,” S. Joyann explains. “People are able to easily find support, and community agencies know how to refer people.”

To learn more, call the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center/Grief Relief at (920) 907-3940.

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