Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center/Grief Relief to relocate August 26
Thanks to funding from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Services is relocating existing offices to 1161 W. Johnson Street in Fond du Lac, effective Monday, August 26.
Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center offers a variety of support groups for children, Hospice Hope families, spouse and partner loss, child loss, an eight-week closed grief 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 activities are planned for the children and families; art supplies for art therapy are available as well.
Grief Relief’s mission is to provide a safe place where children, teens and their families can grieve openly, while they share their experience as they move though the grief process in a supportive environment of their peers.
The new Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center/ Grief Relief will be conveniently located on Fond du Lac’s west side and will help to 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 the importance that grief support can play for 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, the new location is conveniently located for easy access for the busy families. We will also be able to house all bereavement services, associates and volunteers in one place.”
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 new location will provide 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 will be an obvious presence within the community so people will be able to easily find support, and community agencies will know how to refer people,” S. Joyann explains.
The new Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center/Grief Relief phone number will be (920) 907-3940.