Grief Support

Grief Support

Finding Strength in Grief

Unity’s grief programs support the family and friends of Unity patients, as well as all members of the community. Experienced Grief Counselors and trained volunteers create a safe haven to learn about grief, share experiences and find hope. Generous donations allow Unity to offer compassionate grief support at no charge.

Finding Strength in Grief

Unity’s grief programs support the family and friends of Unity patients, as well as all members of the community. Experienced Grief Counselors and trained volunteers create a safe haven to learn about grief, share experiences and find hope. Generous donations allow Unity to offer compassionate grief support at no charge.

Services Provided

  • Newsletter & literature pertaining to grief and loss
  • Holiday support programming
  • Unique ways to honor and remember your loved one
  • Grief consultation and/or support can be provided to workplaces and schools upon request

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Grief Support Groups

Each person grieves in their own way; therefore, Unity offers services designed to meet your unique needs. Registration is required by calling Unity.

Free Community Debriefing Sessions Available

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unity’s in-person grief support groups for children, families and adults are suspended until further notice. While we are not able to support you at this time through one of our 10 face-to-face grief groups, know we are providing limited virtual grief support options. Visit our Virtual Grief Support Groups to see all available options.***

Navigating Grief

This group meets on six consecutive Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. throughout the year in De Pere and is open to any adult member of the community who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings include topics such as common reactions to grief, memories, coping and adjusting to new roles, self-care traditions and finding hope. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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Hope and the Holidays

This group meets on five consecutive Tuesdays in November and December from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in De Pere and is open to any adult member of the community who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings will include topics such as grief around the holidays, traditions, self-care and finding hope. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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Grief Connection

This monthly group for adults, meets the third Thursday of every month from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in De Pere. Please note: It is recommended, although not mandatory, that participants first attend Navigating Grief. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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Generations – Hope for Grieving Families

Generations is monthly grief support group designed to provide grieving families with children and teens ages 4 -18 a safe place to explore and share their grief experience. Dinner is served each evening at no charge. Activities are tailored for age specific groups for children and teens, while concurrently parents and guardians meet and share their own grief experience. Generations is held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month during the school year and the second Thursday in the summer months from 5:30 p.m. – 7:15 pm in the Green Bay area. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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Women’s Luncheon

This monthly opportunity is for bereaved women to gather for informal conversation and support. It is held on the third Wednesday of every month at a local Green Bay restaurant. Lunch is available for purchase off the menu. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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Healing Thru the Arts

Healing Thru the Arts is a hands-on creative grief group for adults. The workshop is led by a Grief Counselor who will provide support and guidance throughout the session. Healing Thru the Arts will be held the fourth Thursday of every month from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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Understanding Grief
This monthly support group is for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings will include such topics as common reactions to grief, memories, coping and adjusting to new roles, self-care, traditions and finding hope. This group is held monthly on Wednesdays in Marinette, Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Gillett. Check the calendar for scheduled times for each location. To register for this grief support group, call 800-990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

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To view all available 2020 grief support groups being offered, download our program brochure here.

To view all available Virtual Grief Support Groups being offered, click here.

Grief Support Resources

Find articles, reading lists and links to other websites we recommend for adults and children who need help coping with grief after a death.

Resources and Information for Supporting Children and Teens through Grief

These resources include developmental information for each age group, ideas for supporting a child when someone is ill, ways to support the child when someone has died and suggested books that may be helpful.

Supporting Children and Teens through Grief

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Infants and Toddlers: 0-2

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Young Children: 3 to 5

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Children: 6 to 8

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Resources and Information for Adults Who are Grieving

These resources include information to support adults through the grieving process including Unity’s newsletters which are designed as a quarterly offering to provide information to grieving individuals during the first year after a death.

A Time to Heal – Volume One – What is Grief (3 months)

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A Time to Heal – Volume Two – Caring for Yourself (6 months)

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A Time to Heal – Volume Three – Finding Strength (9 months)

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A Time to Heal – Volume Four – Honoring the Memory (11 months)

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Youth & Funerals eBook in English
Youth & Funerals eBook in Spanish

Sesame Street: When Families Grieve

Memorial Programs

Gathering of Remembrance
Through reflection, inspirational music, and candle lighting, the Gathering of Remembrance is a way to remember those who have died. This event is open to families and friends served by Unity who want a time to reflect on the loss of someone special. Gathering of Remembrance program dates are in Spring and Fall.

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Forget Me Not Ornament
Honor your loved-one in a lasting way with a ceramic Forget Me Not Keepsake Ornament. To place an order, complete the online order form or mail/deliver your payment of $10 per ornament along with the completed form. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.

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Filled with Love
Unity’s volunteers will transform cherished fabric or garment into a keepsake teddy bear or pillow that will serve as a lasting tribute to a family member or friend. Each bear ordered cost $20 or each pillow ordered costs $10 and helps cover the cost of materials. Filled With Love is a unique program offered exclusively to Unity patients and families.

Memorial Bricks
Unity’s Memorial Brick Walk winds around the walking trails and pond on the grounds of our De Pere campus. It’s a place of peace and reflection for patients, family members and the community. Once each year, Unity hosts a dedication and dove release ceremony for the new bricks added to the walk. It’s a quiet and meaningful celebration of those who have left an imprint on our lives. You can purchase a brick and have it engraved to honor a loved one. Your donation helps support important, much-needed services, including grief support groups.

4″ x 8″ Bricks
8″ x 8″ Bricks

Honor a Life Holiday Gathering
Bundle up, bring the family and gather at the National Railroad Museum for our annual holiday gathering. Take time to honor your loved one in a meaningful way while supporting Unity’s mission and enjoying a breathtaking holiday scene.

Memorial Quilts

From 1993 to 2019 Unity Memorial Quilts provided family members and friends the opportunity to use their memories, hands and creativity to memorialize a loved one on a quilt square. Individual quilt squares were then carefully pieced together and joined with other squares crafted by Unity families. The Quilts were displayed and formally dedicated during a service in the fall. In addition to serving as a meaningful and lasting way to honor those who are dearly loved, Memorial Quilts are powerful symbols which can help raise awareness about the benefits of hospice. These Memorial Quilts are shared with the community at various events and Gathering of Remembrance services through the year. By clicking on a photo of a quilt below you are able to see the quilts made during that year, including photos of each individual square.

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