Hospice Field Program

Bereavement Support

Support for the bereaved has always been an important aspect of St. Anthony's Hospice continuing care.  As professionals of St. Anthony’s Hospice/de Greeff Hospice House, we care about how you are adapting to the changes in your life after experiencing a loss.  The St. Anthony’s Hospice Bereavement Department offers three adult support groups to assist you as you grieve the death of your loved one. The groups are facilitated by bereavement professionals and offered at no charge to our hospice families as well as members of the community.  

Support Groups

Hospice grief support groups offer educational information about the mourning process, emotional support, and an opportunity to share experiences with others who are also coping with a loss.

St. Anthony’s Hospice grief support groups are held at the de Greeff Hospice House on St. Anthony’s Medical Center campus.

St. Anthony’s Hospice Newly Bereaved Grief Support Group

The newly bereaved grief support group is time-limited and covers six grief-related topics. Participants are encouraged to join the groups at any time and plan to complete all six sessions. The newly bereaved grief support group meets: 

First and third Tuesday, monthly, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information about this group, please call 314-543-6873.

St. Anthony’s Hospice Open Grief Support Groups

The open grief support groups usually follow no planned topics, with the focus being on emotional support for one another through sharing the grief experience. The open grief support groups meet:

First and third Wednesday, monthly, 6:30  – 8 p.m.

For more information about this group, please call 314-543-6872.

Second and fourth Wednesday, monthly, 1 –  2:30 p.m.

For more information about this group, please call 314-525-7314.

Spiritual Care

Hospice care embraces all aspects of life — physical, emotional and spiritual. The very core of the mission at St. Anthony's Hospice recognizes that we carry out the healing mission of Jesus Christ.

Our staff makes spiritual care a priority and we all participate in spiritual care at some level. Issues of the meaning, relationship and peace with God — among other things — can become quite focused, to the point of struggle or crisis, during the time of terminal illness. The supportive presence, listening and appropriate intervention of a hospice chaplain can be a tremendous help to hospice patients and their families.

Chaplain Services

  • Care is provided to patients, families and caregivers according to their desires and beliefs. Beliefs will be honored and respected.
  • Our chaplains are open, sensitive and non judgmental — accepting of different beliefs, cultures and values.
  • Our hospice chaplains are a resource and will assist in connecting people with clergy of their own faith group or other professionals upon request.
  • Our chaplain can make arrangements for or officiate funeral/memorial services.
  • For home patients, a chaplain typically calls and arranges for an initial visit within five days of a person's admittance into hospice. St. Anthony's at de Greeff Hospice House patients also are visited promptly by one of our chaplains. From that time forward, our chaplains will continue to visit or just be available to visit and offer support.

Life Review Video Program

St. Anthony's Life Review Video Program is a project that enables those with a terminal illness or family members who are grieving to talk about their lives on camera. The interview is then edited with favorite family photos and music added, so that a life story can be shared with others.