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.
Receive DayBreaks Emails
Each morning, an Avera Light of Day program participant can receive inspirational and insightful e-mails.
Sign up to receive a daily DayBreaks quote via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembrance Open House: November 2014
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 more information please call Mary Guth, Spiritual Care at 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
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. www.SingleFathersDueToCancer.org
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 - www.griefshare.org.
Other online resources
Please call if you are in need of assistance in locating resources for grief support in your local area.