Grief doesn’t just start at the time a loved one dies, and it doesn’t end at a prescribed amount of days or months after the death. Everyone deals with grief differently and NorthShore hospice offers a variety of bereavement services to support families while they cope and more forward.

Bereavement Services Coordinator Thom Dennis leads a team committed to helping those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Survivors of NorthShore hospice patients receive grief counseling support free of charge for 13 months.

From individual counseling to grief support groups and workshops through referrals for out-of state family members and comprehensive grief education correspondence, hospice bereavement services are designed to provide a myriad of helpful resources.

“It depends on what the family needs, we try to meet them wherever they are at in their journey,” Dennis said. "Hospice patients are often particularly comforted to know their family will not be alone and will continue to receive support once the patient is gone."

Grief Counseling Support Groups

Consider joining one of these professionally facilitated groups which offer a safe, supportive environment for expressing feelings of loss and provide the opportunity to learn additional coping strategies.  Each grief counseling session will include a brief informational component and time for personal sharing. Pre-registration is required.

Death of a Parent:

Legacy is an ongoing support group for adults who have experienced the death of a parent. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Death of a Spouse:

Soul Mates is an ongoing support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Support groups are free and open to the public.  All groups are held at the NorthShore Hospice office, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie, Illinois.  The building is handicap accessible and convenient parking is available. 

For more information or to pre-register, please call Thom Dennis, Bereavement Services Coordinator, at: 847.982.4364 or email at