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Spring/ Summer 2008 200 Whitfield Dr. Geneva, IL 60134 Phone 630-232-2233 Fax 630-232-0023

Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is a community-based volunteer organization. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by providing the best in compassionate services to persons with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved.

FVVH Free Help Programs Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by providing the best in compassionate care to persons with life threatening illnesses and the bereaved since 1981. As a volunteer hospice, FVVH is supported entirely by the community, enabling us to provide all services free of charge. Because we do not receive Medicare or insurance reimbursement for our services, FVVH is able to care for patients and families that would otherwise not qualify for services. FVVH is proud to offer:

Bereavement Support Groups Available for individuals, couples and families. Please see inside for a complete support group listing.

Patient Care & Bereavement Volunteer Training See inside for training schedules

Free In-Services

See inside for the schedule of informational presentations available free of charge.

An Informational Library Open to anyone in the community

Durable Medical Equipment Loans Wheelchairs, walkers, commodes and more available free of charge

On behalf of our staff, Board of Directors and volunteers, thank you for thinking of FVVH. We hope you will find a training, in-service or support group that meets your needs and become a part of our growing family.

Check out our website at: www.FVVH.org


Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice

In-Services FVVH prides itself on being a source of community education. FVVH staff and local professionals volunteer their time and expertise to present in-services on various topics. Each class is offered free of charge. Please call FVVH at 630-232-2233 to register.

HIV News and Updates Saturday, April 12, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Learn about the newest treatments and statistics associated with HIV with Pat Lev, Director of CQI and Case Management, Open Door Clinic.

Understanding Chemotherapy and Radiation

Volunteer Trainings Volunteers are an integral part of Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice and the true heart of the organization. Each volunteer is valued and respected for the gifts they bring to the work of hospice while making a difference in the lives of those we serve, making a valuable contribution to the community and enhancing their own wellbeing. This spring and summer, FVVH is offering adult bereavement training and patient care training.

Adult Bereavement Training

Bereavement care is a philosophy of care which attempts to put control back into an individual’s life by providing support and assistance with immediate needs.  Our 16-hour bereavement care training course will be offered this June. The course is split into three sessions including:

Thursday, May 1, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Learn about the various drugs and treatments associated with chemotherapy and radiation with Nancy Waalen, R.N., Dreyer Medical Clinic.

Grief Dream

Saturday, June 14, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Discuss the role of dream interpretation in emotional healing after the death of a loved one with Elise C. Wall, Bereavement Care Volunteer, FVVH.

Five Wishes

Thursday, July 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Learn the basic concepts of a specific type of living will called “The Five Wishes” with Christy Pitol, LCSW, Family Services Coordinator, FVVH.

Suicide Prevention

Thursday, September 4, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Identify the warning signs of suicide with Mari Wittum, MS, LCPC, Suicide Prevention Services, Batavia.

Saturday, June 21st Wednesday, June 25th Wednesday, July 2nd

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 6:00-10:00 p.m. 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Those interested in attending are asked to contact our Manager of Volunteer Services at 630-232-2233 for an application and to schedule an interview. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for Spanish-speaking individuals. 

Patient Care Training

Experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of others as you provide emotional support, companionship or respite care for individuals dealing with life threatening illness or loss, by becoming a patient care volunteer with Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice.  Two trainings are being offered this summer/fall afternoon and evening.  Both trainings are 10-weeks long, one day per week.   Those interested in attending are asked to contact our Manager of Volunteer Services at 630-232-2233 for an application and to schedule an interview.  Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for Spanish-speaking individuals. 

Afternoon Session: Dates: Wednesdays,

September 3rd – November 5th Time: Noon-3:00 p.m. Location: FVVH

Evening Session: Dates: Thursdays,

September 4th – November 6th Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Location: FVVH

Other volunteer opportunities are available and include ambassadors, bakers, clerical support, community outreach, event coordinator, gardener, Hands of Hope Clinic volunteers, interpreters and translators, mailing support, monthly gift delivery, professional services and more. If you are interested in volunteering with FVVH, please contact our Manager of Volunteer Services at 630-232-2233 ext. 219 to schedule an interview.


Support Groups Bereavement care offered by Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is a philosophy of care which attempts to put control back into an individual’s life by providing support and assistance with immediate needs. FVVH’s bereavement services are open to the entire community, regardless of whether the deceased was an FVVH patient. One-on-one counseling with a licensed counselor is available along with a variety of support groups designed to serve the entire family. Please contact FVVH at 630-232-2233 for more information on our bereavement services.

Our Grief Journey-

This six-week program assists those who have experienced the death of a loved one through education and group support. Registration is required. Please call Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice at 630-232-2233. Co-sponsored by FVVH, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Provena Mercy Medical Center and Provena Hospice.

Spring sessions:

Dates: Tuesdays, April 1st – May 6th Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Location: Hosanna! Lutheran Church 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles Dates: Mondays, May 19th – June 23rd Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: FVVH

Summer sessions:

Dates: Wednesdays, July 23 – August 27 Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 27 South Edgelawn Drive, Aurora Dates: Mondays, September 8th – October 13th* Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Hosanna! Lutheran Church 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles

Pathways-

This seven-week group for the widowed addresses issues faced by those who have lost a life partner. Emotional support is offered as well as assistance with accepting the death and dealing with grief. Registration is required. Please call FVVH at 630-232-2233.

Spring session:

Dates: Tuesdays, April 22nd – June 3rd Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: FVVH

Summer Session:

Dates: Wednesdays, July 23 – September 3rd Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: FVVH

Footprints—

This unique six-week program supports parents and adult family members who are coping with a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Registration is required. Please call FVVH at 630-232-2233 to register. This program is co-sponsored by FVVH, Provena Mercy Medical Center and Provena St. Joseph Hospital.

Spring session:

Dates: Wednesdays, April 23rd – May 28th Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: FVVH

Summer Session:

Dates: Thursdays, July 24th – August 28th Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: FVVH

Weaver’s Circle—

Designed for people 60 and over who have experienced the death of a spouse, Weaver’s Circle offers support and friendship through monthly dinners. Please call FVVH at 630-232-2233 to be placed on the Weaver’s Circle mailing list.

Next Step—

This monthly drop-in support group allows individuals who have lost a spouse or life partner discuss grief issues in a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment. It is recommended that this support group be the “next step” after participating in a previous grief support group. This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at FVVH.

Grief Share—

Grief Share is a monthly drop-in support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This program meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of medical office building 2 at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Please call 847-695-3200 ext. 5767 for more information. This program is offered by Provena St. Joseph Hospital.

Surviving Suicide—

A group experience for those who have been touched by a suicide experience.  The loss and grief reactions resulting from a suicide are similar to any death loss but there are some unique differences.  This group meets one night a week for five consecutive weeks and is offered through Provena St. Joseph Hospital.  Please call 847-6953200, ext. 5767 for more information.

Grief Takes a Hike—

An overnight adventure for families who have experienced the death of a grandparent, mother, father, child or other significant person, Grief Takes a Hike allows participants to come together in a supportive setting to experience the therapeutic value of nature in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. This time allows for families to share and process feelings while enjoying indoor and outdoor activities. A $75 deposit is required and will be refunded upon arrival. Families will depart on Friday, June 6th and return on Sunday, June 8th. GTAH is co-sponsored by FVVH, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Provena Mercy Medical Center and Provena Hospice. Please contact the FVVH Youth Bereavement Coordinator at 630-232-2233 for more information or to register.

Herbie’s Friends—

Herbie’s Friends is designed to help grieving families cope with loss, grief and death. The 8-week program creates a safe environment where family members share their thoughts, feelings and stories. A variety of activities including games, art and drama may be used to encourage the expression of feelings. Each session includes dinner followed by discussion in age appropriate small groups. Parent groups focus on improving communication, understanding the differences between children and adult grief as well as how to get the proper support for the entire family. The next Herbie’s Friends session will meet on Mondays beginning September 22nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church in Aurora. FVVH, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Provena Mercy Medical Center and Provena Hospice co-facilitate this program. Please contact the FVVH Youth Bereavement Coordinator at 630-232-2233 for more information or to register.


200 Whitfield Dr. Geneva, IL 60134

FOX VALLEY VOLUNTEER HOSPICE STAFF Carol Gietl, RN, BSN Care Coordinator

Cathy Barrett Executive Assistant

Wendy Kraska, LPN Care Coordinator/ Medicare Liaison

Denise Butera Manager of Volunteer Services Judy Carlson Compliance/Office Manager Jamie Faber, RN, BSN Care Coordinator

Jackie Lowe Development Associate Judy Otting Financial Coordinator Christy Pitol, LCSW Family Services Coordinator

Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is a United Way agency.

Board of directors

Carol Ann Richeson, LPC Adult BereavemenT Services Coordinator

Elmer Rullman III Solution Synergy, Inc. President

James Devlin CFA – Retired Treasurer

Martha Scheidler, CFRE Development Director

Peggy Muetterties Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center – Retired 1st Vice President

Patricia Engel, EA Secretary

Linda Murphy, Ed.D School Superintendent Retired

Cheryl Bancroft Equity Marketing Services, Inc

Richard Sitch High School Guidance Counselor – Retired

Dawn Zappitelli, MSW Youth Bereavement Services Coordinator

Taffy Hoffer Community Volunteer 2nd Vice President

Joseph McMahon Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Sandra S. Drewes, M.D. West Central Anesthesiology Group, LTD. – Retired

Professional advisory committee Kimberly M. Battle-Miller, MD FAAP Michelle Buck, RN Todd Burnett, PsyD, LCPC Govind Chandra, MD Sandra S. Drewes, MD James Elsner, RPh, MBA Lawrence J. Frieders, RPh

John Hopper, MD Richard Gabriel, LSWC Kathy Meier Lindsey Ritter, PT Elmer Rullman III Mary Jo Sheehy Charles West

200 Whitfield Dr. Geneva, IL 60134

Greg Weider Executive Director

Phone 630-232-2233 Fax 630-232-0023

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