Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One

Everyone deals with losing someone they love differently. Often times feelings of shock, disbelief, anger, guilt, and depression make the grieving process difficult. Finding support to help you through this time is important. Our friendly funeral home staff is here to assist you in the grieving process any way we can. Remember, caring for yourself is not selfish.

The period of recovery is different for every person. Your life has changed, and healing in your own way is important for the health of your mind, body, and spirit. It is normal for some days to feel better than others.

To help with the grieving process, we have many resources on coping with loss. You are welcome to stop by or to call the funeral home to request information on the options and resources available for coping with grief.

Chippewa Valley grief Support Groups

There are also ongoing local grief support groups that meet regularly at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. The support groups are sponsored by the Chippewa County Grief Support Team, a group made up of local nurses, funeral directors, clergy, hospice workers, and other area professionals who are devoted to the health and well-being of our community members.

Meetings are held from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Join us at:

St. Joseph's Hospital
St. Clare Conference Room
First Floor

Twice a year, the grief support facilitators hold a special six week long support group specifically for those who have lost their spouses. Please check back for more information on when those helpful courses will be held. View meeting times and meeting places of support groups in Chippewa Falls.

Grief Support Services in Chippewa Falls,WI

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Another beneficial grief resource in our area is the Healing Place in Eau Claire. Grief support meetings are held there as well. Visit the Healing Place website.

Blue Christmas

Started in 2010, the Blue Christmas service is Pederson-Volker's very own annual service of remembrance. Our goal with hosting this service is to help those who attend be able to leave the chapel with a feeling of peace and sense of knowing how to go about the holidays after their loss.

During this ecumenical service, members of the clergy community lead the service, bringing tears to many. Beautiful voices and wonderful words of healing are shared. This breathtaking ceremony helps us all remember our loved ones lost throughout the year.

Following the Blue Christmas service, families are invited to visit over refreshments. We also present each family who has lost a loved one in the last twelve months with an ornament.

The afternoon will bring a sense of comfort to those attending as well as the hosting staff. All attending are given the chance to once again experience the importance of keeping the memory of a loved one alive and close to our hearts.

The room is filled with a feeling like no other. This emotional service touches the hearts of the staff at Pederson-Volker as well. It is so very heartwarming to see each and every family we serve come back at the end of the year to again celebrate the life of their loved one and to hold onto the memory of them.

Grief Education Day

Grief Education Day is an opportunity for anyone who has lost someone to learn about different ways to handle their grief. This event, sponsored by the Chippewa County Grief Team, is held in November at a local venue. The grief team, grief facilitators, and area clergy members are on hand to answer questions or just to talk. Books, tapes, and literature are also available. The day starts with a grief expert, usually a nationally renowned speaker, who gives helpful insight into what a bereaved person may be experiencing and provides knowledge that confirms and acknowledges their feelings. Attendees leave the event feeling a sense of hope and normalcy.

All are welcome and this event is free of charge. Check back for more information on Grief Education Day 2014.