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Grief Support Services

The loss of a loved one deeply affects you, your family and even your day-to-day and work life. Those in grief can feel depression, anxiety, hopelessness and be overwhelmed by physical responsibilities such as planning funeral arrangements, fulfilling the deceased person’s wishes and caring for surviving relatives — which can hinder the grieving process.

If you’re having a difficult time coping, receive the help you need with friendship and understanding in one of our support groups or with one of our expert grief counselors.

Support Programs for Grief and Loss

All groups are three hours long and will be completed in one session. Both groups take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • Saturday, October 22, 2022

Infant Loss Support Group Schedule

Losing an infant is an extremely difficult situation for parents and family members to cope with. Our counselors can help you deal with the grief.

  • All groups are afternoon sessions from 1 - 4 p.m. on the dates listed above.
  • Location: Avera Behavioral Health Hospital - 4400 W. 69th Street - Education Classroom G616, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Adult Grief Program Schedule

Our grief program can help you say goodbye and cope with your loss. Grief is usually a painful feeling that can affect your entire beingemotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. Our counselors will offer information about the normal grief process during this program for adults or seniors.

  • All groups are morning sessions from 9 am - noon on the dates listed above:
  • Location: Avera Behavioral Health Hospital - 4400 W. 69th Street - Education Classroom G616, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Please call Mark VandeBraak, PhD, FT, MTBC at 605-322-4074 for registration information or with questions about the infant loss or adult grief programs.

Child and Adolescent Grief Program

Counselors who specialize in children and adolescents see clients individually or as a family for grief needs. There is a charge for these services, but most are covered by insurance. We would be happy to check insurance coverage for clients.

Other Avera locations also offer grief and loss support programs. Contact your local facility to find additional opportunities.

Non-Bereavement Grief

Grief comes in many shapes and forms. It’s complex and unique to each of us. Making our way through grief is a journey with stages. Grief can be experienced for many reasons other than a death of a loved one or relative.

You can experience grief from a lost life-long dream or ambition, a lost job or home, a lost relationship or terminal illness, and perhaps grief of the loss of who you used to be. All grief forms are important to recognize, address and put steps into place to begin healing.

Individual, Family or Group Counseling

If one-on-one therapy, family or group therapy is what you prefer, ask to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced grief counseling specialists and contact your local facility. We’d be honored to know your story and share in your recovery. Ask us about grief counseling therapy options near you.

You can also find additional support groups for other behavioral health conditions.

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If you suspect a mental health problem, don’t hesitate: call our 24-hour line at 1-800-691-4336 or 605-322-4065.

Everyone should know the warning signs of behavior that can show a developing problem.

Warning signs can include:

  • Acting withdrawn, sad or overly anxious
  • Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or siblings
  • Substantial mood swings
  • Persistent drop in school or work performance
  • Change in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs
  • Persistent aggressive behavior
  • Threats to self or others
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusion

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