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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.

Join Circle of Friends, a wonderful eAftercare program.


 

Resources For Healing



ALPHA

Widows and widowers support group social gathering sponsored by OSF Medical Center Auxillary.

Meets Last Saturday of each month: 6:00pm Cafeteria

CONTACT

Bob or Peggy - 815.633.1642


ELIZABETH MINISTRY

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.

CONTACT

Bob Beckett - 815.398.4284

Marry Vodginc - 815.398.4284


GLORY GIRLS

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

CONTACT

Nita Osbern - 815.871.2569


GLORY HOPE

A support group for those challenged by mental health issues.

CONTACT

Charles Smith - 815.398.9628

www.grouphope.org
www.dbsalliance.org


HEALING HEARTS

For parents who have experienced loss of a child through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or stillbirth.

CONTACT

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.

CONTACT

Stacy or Marcia - 815.971.5309


HEARTLAND HOSPICE

Coping with loss each Tuesday. 6:00pm. Swedish American Hospital; 1:30 p.m. Peterson Meadows.

CONTACT

Cheryl Ann or Sylvia - 815.397.3691


MOTHERS OF ADULT CHILDREN

Coping with the loss. 3rd Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Fairhaven Retirement Center.

CONTACT

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.

CONTACT

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.

CONTACT

Barb Martin - 815.316.270


NEW HOPE

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.

CONTACT

Chaplain Dean Parker - 815.395.5358


NORTHERN IL. HOSPICE

Group meets twice monthly
Friday 9-1:30a.m., Alpine View Restaurant, 1710 S. Alpine Rd. and Katies Cup 502 7th St. – Inquire about time.

CONTACT

Allison and Greg - 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.

CONTACT

Karon Pfile & Nita Osbern - 815.636.4750


TEAR SOUP

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.

CONTACT

815.316.2700


THE HAVEN NETWORK, NORTHERN ILL. PERINATAL HOSPICE & BEREAVEMENT NETWORK

Outreach for parents experiencing death of pre-born baby. 124 Water St. Suite 030

CONTACT

info@thehavennetwork.org
Kathy Way - 815.962.1512


VISITING NURSES ASSOCIATION HOSPICE

Call for bereavement support and information

CONTACT

815.871.3748


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

CONTACT

Barbara Hallstrom - 815-397-2224
Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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
  • Denial
  • Shame
  • Embarrassment
  • Anger
  • Self Blame
  • Physical Distress
  • Relief

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
Centering Corporation Catalog of Grief Resources - www.centering.org
Compassion Books - www.compassionbooks.com