Olson Funeral and Cremation Services is committed to your wellbeing. As a result, we’ve implemented an innovative Aftercare program, administered by a full-time staff member. It’s another example of how we go beyond the realm of traditional care to redefine the role of funeral care providers. Follow-up visits, phone calls, and the sponsorship of several support groups are just a few of the many ways that Olson Funeral and Cremation Services helps family members and friends manage their grief and lead productive, fulfilling lives.
Karon was raised in the Freeport area and graduated with her nursing degree from Kansas City General Hospital, and Univ. of Kansas City. She was involved in nursing for 25 years, and with Northern Illinois Hospice Association before joining the staff at Olson in 1992. She and husband are active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, have 3 children, and 3 grandchildren. Hobbies are hiking, gourmet cooking, reading, and flower gardening.
Karon developed the Aftercare and Bereavement Support Services over the years, and is very aware of the fact that for every person who dies, there are on average six grieving people left behind. Her priority is being available by phone by personal visit, or by offering one of the support groups which are free of charge and ongoing. Many times, for each of these people, the reality of the loss reveals itself only after weeks or months have passed since the funeral. It is at this time that the continuing connection in this manner is so valued by surviving loved ones as they are given tools, and resources for finding their way on this unfamiliar and painful journey to healing.
Resources For Healing
Widows and widowers support group social gathering sponsored by OSF Medical Center Auxillary.
Meets Last Saturday of each month: 6:00pm Cafeteria
Bob or Peggy - 815.633.1642
Outreach to women in special times of motherhood.Purpose is to affirm, support, encourage, and assist women in response to their needs during the childbearing years.
Bob Beckett - 815.398.4284
Marry Vodginc - 815.398.4284
A Christian based group for widows.
Meets 1st Saturday for potluck.
Meets 2nd and 4th Friday at Restaurands
Meets 3rd THursday at member's homes
Nita Osbern - 815.871.2569
A support group for those challenged by mental health issues.
For parents who have experienced loss of a child through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
Haven Network - 815.962.1512
124 N. Water St. Suite 030, Rockford IL.
HEART TO HEART
A group of grieving parents of minor children sponsored by Rockford Health System, an 8 week program to help parents cope with the loss of a child.
Stacy or Marcia - 815.971.5309
Coping with loss each Tuesday. 6:00pm. Swedish American Hospital; 1:30 p.m. Peterson Meadows.
Cheryl Ann or Sylvia - 815.397.3691
MOTHERS OF ADULT CHILDREN
Coping with the loss. 3rd Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Fairhaven Retirement Center.
Karon Pfile - 815.636.4750
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH BEREAVEMENT
2nd Sunday each month, 2-4 p.m. Sept-April
2nd Wednesday each month, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Karen Volkman - 815.877.3377
Judy Johnson - 815.397.9395
HOSPICE CARE OF AMERICA
Ongoing every Wednesday 1:00 at office, 3815 N. Mulford.
Also: Encounter beauty and peace in the midst of grief Anderson Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Rd. on Mondays Beginning April 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Barb Martin - 815.316.270
For those who are suffering from the death of a loved one. Six-week session offered two times per year March and September. Please register.
Chaplain Dean Parker - 815.395.5358
NORTHERN IL. HOSPICE
Grief Support Groups are available for adults, teens, and children; please call 815-398-0550 for more information.
Andrew Vitale, CT - 815.398.0500
RAY OF HOPE - AFTER SUICIDE
support for survivors Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 7:00-8:30 p.m. Gloria Deli Lutheran 4700 Augustana Dr. Fireside Room Sponsored by Olson Funeral Chapels.
Karon Pfile & Nita Osbern - 815.636.4750
4th Thursday each month at Medina Manor 6:30-8:30 p.m. 402 S. Main St. Durand
3rd Tuesday at Hospice Care of America 520 Main, Suite A in Pecatonica.
THE HAVEN NETWORK, NORTHERN ILL. PERINATAL HOSPICE & BEREAVEMENT NETWORK
Outreach for parents experiencing death of pre-born baby. 124 Water St. Suite 030
Kathy Way - 815.962.1512
VISITING NURSES ASSOCIATION HOSPICE
Call for bereavement support and information
PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD
Understanding about how loss & grief may be affecting your life; options to make changes; moving forward in healing your grief in your own time. Meet third Wednesday of Every Month (Begins, July 15) from 5:00-6:30pm at Behavioral medicine & Neuropsychological Associates, 6973 Redansa Drive, Rockford, IL 61108 www.bmnaonline.com
Barbara Hallstrom - 815-397-2224
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LIVING AFTER LOSS
Join a member of Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb for this educational grief support group intended for parents who have experienced the death of a child, no matter the age.
Fourth Monday of each Month 6:30-8:00pm - Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb
To register, call 815-756-3000
SPOUSAL LOSS LUNCH BUNCH
Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb offers two monthly lunch groups for those who have experienced the death of a spouse. It is a way to meet others traveling a similar path in an informal social setting. The group meets at various restaurants in the DeKalb and Sycamore area. Participants pay for their own meal.
For more information, call 815-756-3000
Hope over Addiction
Heroin and Opioid Grief Group
This group is appropriate for anyone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend as a result of heroin/narcotic pain pills/fentanyl; anyone who is currently living with or loving an active opioid user; or anyone who is concerned about the use of a friend. 1st and 3rd Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm; PNC Bank Building, 4615 E. State, Rockford, Suite 15 (lower level)
Dan Herman - 815-540-4558
or visit the Hope Over Addiction Facebook page
For Those Touched by Death Because of Suicide
Suicide is the cruelest death of all for those who remain RAY OF HOPE
When suicide happens our grief is compounded by many things:
- Shock & Disbelief
- Self Blame
- Physical Distress
Come Together To:
- Seek support & direction
- Receive helpful resources
- Break the Stigma
- Find a Common Ground
- Discover Understanding
- Learn Tools to Survive
- Help Body, Mind and Soul To Mend
The Ray of Hope Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 4700 Augustana Drive (behind Edgebrook Center) 7:00 to 8:30p.m. Fireside Room East Wing Door of Church There is no charge for this group Facilitator: Karon Pfile 636-4750
Healing music CD's
The following catalogs offer healing music CD's; narrow focus books and booklets:
- Loss of spouse
- Loss of sibling
- Loss of parent
- Loss of parent
- Loss of infant
- Loss of child
- Adolescent grief
- Facing serious illness
- Caregiving & professional reading
- Miscarriage & Stillbirth
- Loss of grandparent
- Loss of grandchild
- Explaining death & grief to children
- Young children''s grief
- Memory workbooks for children
- Separation & divorce for children
- Help for the holidays