“Bridges for Healing Hearts” is a grief support group that is being facilitated by HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois Bereavement Counselor Maddie Johnson. It is a year-round, open enrollment group with no reservation or set attendance required. Those who are enrolled in the Healing the Grieving Heart Program are welcome to attend this group as well.

The group will meet in the St. Francis room at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital on the first Thursday of every month. The next session is scheduled for August 3 at 6 p.m.

While grief can feel very overwhelming, it can also bring opportunities for new growth and healing. The support group will be there to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one adjust to the transition period. The goal will be to create a safe space where attendees are free to express their true thoughts with friends who understand the struggle. “Bridges for Healing Hearts” is a place to start the journey towards healing.

For more information, contact Maddie Johnson, MS, NCC, LPC, Bereavement Counselor, at 347-1571 or email Maddie.Johnson@hshs.org or visit St. Anthony’s Web site at stanthonyshospital.org. Hospice services are provided at all the hospitals in the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.


  • Starting Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, repeated every month on the 1st Thursday until Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital

503 N. Maple St.
Effingham, IL

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