Monthly Grief Counseling Meetings - This group has been temporally halted due to Covid-19. Macz Funeral Homes hosts a monthly grief counseling support group meeting. Meetings occur the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois (234 S. Elm, Centralia, IL 62801). There is no cost involved. At this time, the support meetings are structured for adults. 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.