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Light of Day Bereavement Program

When a loved one dies of cancer, a lot of attention is placed upon remembering that person's life. But equally important is helping the loved ones through the grief that comes with loss. Avera Cancer Institute is uniquely positioned to offer grief and remembrance services to those who have lost a loved one to cancer, through the Avera Cancer Institute.

Our goal is to provide friendly and compassionate, yet professional, bereavement services for those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

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Open House

Remembrance Open House: November 6, 2014 at


In the fall of every year, as part of the Light of Day program, a remembrance open house is conducted in the atrium area of the Avera Cancer Institute. This open house will be for those who have lost a loved one to cancer who received treatment at the Avera Cancer Institute. This is an opportunity to visit with the Avera Cancer Institute's staff members that assisted in the care of the loved one for a time of reflection and remembrance. For spiritual support please call 605-322-3258.


Resources for Children

  • Dougy Center
    Provides information for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death.
  • Kids Konnected
    Provides bereavement packages for children and teens who have lost a parent.
  • Sad Isn't Bad
    A series that will combine both fun and serious time to help children and adults discover that their sadness is a very normal part of grief and helps in healing. Our Saviors Lutheran Church, call 605-336-2942.

Resources for Adults

Avera support groups

Community-wide support group locations:

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Compassionate Friends support group, 605-361-5645
  • Catholic Family Services
    divorced, widowed, and separated support groups and many other grief programs, 605-988-3775
  • Center for Active Generations
    Friends Among Friends grief support group, 605-333-3307
  • Our Saviors Lutheran Church
    grief support group, 605-336-3378
  • Miller Funeral Home
    grief seminar, 605-336-0872

Internet Resources

Single Fathers Due to Cancer
Losing a spouse or partner to cancer is devastating and when you have children at home, it creates unique challenges. The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program created a website to better understand the concerns of fathers and help them through this difficult time.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Groups meet weekly to help you face the challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Visit their website to find a group near you -

Other online resources

Please call if you are in need of assistance in locating resources for grief support in your local area.

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