Support Groups

St.Margaret's support groups

We all need  someone to talk to sometimes. St. Margaret’s support groups offer that listening ear. Share your story, meet with people in similar situations, or  learn how to  cope.

All support groups are held in St. Margaret’s First Floor Presentation Room, unless otherwise noted.

1-on-1 Support

At St. Margaret’s Hospital, your grief and your time are important to us!

While we try to include a variety of times and options for our groups, we also understand that you and your needs are unique. Worried you can’t make it to a group? Worried your needs are different than others? Afraid to open up in front of others? If you are grieving and have any of these doubts, than 1-on-1 support is the option for you! Our social workers are available by appointment. Any age is welcome and any type of grief is encouraged.

Our individual grief support is individualized to meet specific needs. Our appointments can be offered in 30 or 60 minute increments.

Call (815) 664-1402 for more information.

Adult Grief Group

Any adult who is experiencing grief is welcome to attend. Our goal in this group is to help you find ways to cope with your loss as well as find support through others who are grieving as well. Grief looks different in everyone, but everyone’s grief is important. All are welcome to attend.

Morning Adult Grief Group 10AM – 11AM
Evening Adult Grief Group 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Call (815) 664-1402 for more information.

Effective February, 2020, this support group will meet every third Wednesday of the month.

Children’s Grief Group

Sometimes no one knows how you are feeling except for someone who is going through the same thing!

Grief can be a lonely feeling and we believe that the best way through it can be in empowering others and sharing your own story. The Children’s Grief Group is a children’s support group that allows children to do just that. Through life’s difficult changes of death, divorce, loss and other hardships- the Children’s Grief Group allows children to find comfort in one another.

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Call (815) 664-1402 for more information.

Effective February, 2020, this support group will meet every third Wednesday of the month.

Rebound Meeting

The Breast Cancer Support Group, “Rebound,” of St. Margaret’s Hospital, is open to all persons affected by breast cancer.

Interested parties may call (815) 339-6480 for details.

Look Good…Feel Better®

Program Helps Women Overcome Effects of Cancer Treatment.

The Look Good…Feel Better® program will be offered to residents of the Illinois Valley at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley on Thurs., Apr. 20 and Wed., Oct. 11th from 1-3pm. This free program is a joint effort between the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. The session is free, but registration is requested to ensure the proper make-up kit and materials are available for each participant.

To register for either program or for additional information, please contact Lynette at (815) 664-1440.

“Look Good…Feel Better® is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance,” says Nicole Killion, Patient Services Representative with the American Cancer Society. “Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting with others in the same situation. And the free make-up and instruction from professionals helps them look and feel better.”

According to the American Cancer Society, there are dozens of anti-cancer drugs in use today, each with its own set of possible side effects. Possible appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation include: hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows or lashes; weight gain or loss; changes in skin pigmentation and texture; skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth rate.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The Illinois Division has more than 120,000 volunteers and staff fighting cancer in the state.

For the most up-to-date cancer related information and to join the fight against cancer, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Turning Point (HIV-AIDS Support Group)

Third Wednesday of every month | 6 p.m.
(location not disclosed for confidentiality purposes)

Call (815) 664-1440 for information.

Cardiac Chat

Second Tuesday of every month | 3 – 4 p.m.

First Floor Presentation Room.

For those wanting information regarding congestive heart failure, or any other heart-related issues. The goal of Cardiac Chat is for individuals to learn the skills that help manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Family members are encouraged to also attend and bring questions.

Attend for the whole hour or just stop in during the scheduled time. Staff members from various departments in the hospital will be on hand monthly to answer various questions:

  • Nurse – blood pressure, pulse and weight
  • Durable Medical Equipment – questions about medical equipment, oxygen
  • Social services – see what resources are available in the community – home health, etc.
  • Pharmacist – discuss and answer any questions about medications
  • Cardiac Rehab – discuss physical activity and smoking cessation
  • Dietitians – dietary changes and weight management
  • Managed Care – answer any questions about insurance/Medicare plans

Dr. David Thompson from Heartcare Midwest will be at our October 8th meeting to answer your heart-related questions.

For more information regarding “Cardiac Chat,” please call (815) 664-1118.

Parkinson’s Support Group

First Monday of every month | 1-3:30 p.m. 2017
(no meeting in January, July, September, and December).

SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) – Medicare Insurance Assistance

First and third Mondays of every month | 1-3 p.m.

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