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Learning to Live Again

Learning to Live Again

Grief Support Group

Preston-Hanley offers a grief support group. Led by Preston-Hanley’s Aftercare Coordinator, John Plunkett, with counseling and education therapy to help people through their grief. Each week, one of the four topics will be addressed to help participants to process grief in a healthy manner, while experiencing their emotions.  No enrollment or pre-registration is required.

  1. The Nature of Grief – An introductory time for the coordinator to get acquainted with participants and explore the characteristics and duration of grief.
  2. It’s Your Choice – Grieving becomes a choice. The group will address the fact that people have the ability to make the choice to heal from their grieving.
  3. Finding Your Way – The focus in this session will be on navigating through the second year of grief.
  4. Memories – Healing through grief is not meant to dissuade people from memories of their loved one, but to help them find ways that are not depressing to keeping their memory alive.

John Plunkett, Aftercare Coordinator

A retired pastor with 50 years of experience ministering to grieving families through hospice, funeral services and aftercare programs, John has a genuine concern and pastor's heart for helping people who are hurting.

2018 Dates for the Next Support Group

Our next four sessions for Learning to Live Again will be held on Thursdays in May at 11:00 a.m. All sessions will be held at Avanti's Ristorante - Pekin located at 3610 Kelly Avenue.  (Across Veteran's  Parkway from Menards).  We will meet in one of the private dining rooms.  Sessions will last approximately one hour. After the session is over we will continue to have conversation and lunch together ordering off the menu. There is no registration or fee.  No reservations required.  

May 3   - The Nature of Grief

May 10 - It's Your Choice

May 17 - Finding Your Way

May 24 - Memories

For more information, please email John Plunkett or call 346-2176.