Monthly Grief Counseling Meetings - A grief support group will be held once a month at the location of 276 North Main Street in Breeze, Illinois. It will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on the scheduled days of October 12, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, and May 10. Please use the parking and door located on North 3rd Street. This is a free group, but donations of $20 per family per meeting are appreciated allowing them to keep resources and library well stocked. This specific small group is open to all parents who have lost a loved one. Individual meetings are available upon request. For more information or resources for individuals, couples, support groups, and community outreach, please visit coping4life.com. If you have any questions, please contact our Centralia office at 618-532-5511.
Books in our Library - Macz Funeral Home views the importance of maintaining current and relevant resources for families through their time of grief. Five new titles were added to the funeral home’s library, each one covering various types of loss. To inquire about checking a book out from our library, please contact our Centralia office at 618-532-5511.
Holiday Blues by Dr. Clarence Tucker is a self-help manual on grief through not only the holidays but every day. The book equips the reader with many good ways to cope and heal after the loss of a loved one.
Ride to the Stars by Suzanne Gene Courtney is a children’s book about life, loss, and love. The author’s characters, a boy named Daniel and a green sea turtle named Honu, are beautifully rendered to encapsulate a sensitive subject. The result is a loving and gentle message that inspires young ones to honor and exemplify life and to know that life does indeed go on forever.
When a Friend Dies by Marilyn E. Gootman is a book that is helpful for teens experiencing the untimely death of a friend. The author has written a sensitive book that answers questions grieving teens have.
Surviving the Unthinkable: The Loss of a Child by Janice Bell Meisenhelder tells the tale of true loss experienced by the author. Her experience as a nurse and college professor leads the reader to claim confidence and the tools to survive, believing they will have a meaningful life again. Even though the main focus is on bereaved mothers, her message can inspire anyone who has lost a loved one.
Where Are You? A Child’s Book about Loss by Laura Olivieri is a children’s book that is kind and supportive with beautiful illustrations designed to help children of all ages cope with the loss of a loved one.