Support Groups


Breath of Life Club

While healthcare professionals can be a wealth of information regarding your lung disease and breathing problems, fellow patients can also be very helpful. St. Mary's Breath of Life Club is an excellent source for information. Qualified individuals are available at the end of each meeting for questions/instruction. Refreshments provided.

For more information call Bonnie.Hicks-Cottingham, RRT at (217)464-2604 or by email at


Grief Support Group

The pain of losing someone we love comes not from our need to know why it happens but from feeling alone in our pain. Have you lost a loved one and would like to share your story? Come and journey with others on the path towards coping and healing.

For more information, contact Anita Ricker at (217)464-1074 or email

SHARE Support Group

SHARE is a support group for those who experience the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or in early infancy.  St. Mary's Hospital is committed to delivering quality healthcare while offering healing, hope and compassion to all in need, with an expression of love and reference for life.

For more information, contact Karla Thornton at (217)464-2045 or

Widowed Support Group
The HSHS St. Mary's Widowed Support Group meets for lunch on the 4th Thursday of each month for lunch. All widows and widowers are welcome.

For more information or location details, call Sister Chaminade Kelley at (217)428-7733.