Mercyhealth at Home Hospice helps families grieve together

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Mercyhealth at Home Hospice is helping families grief lost loved ones together.

"We absolutely could not have done this without the help of hospice," said Linda Tewes, who recently lost her mother.

Linda is gathering with other families who are honoring lost loved ones. Linda is remembering her mother, Rosemary's, life.

"I'm remembering my mother, Rosemary. She died 69 days ago," said Linda.

"Hospice made sure that we had a hospital bed. They made sure we had a hoyer lift so we could get her out of bed," said Linda.

Rosemary faced multiple health issues, including kidney disease and diabetes. Linda says hospice helped her maintain the dignity she deserved.

Bereavement Coordinator Joe Marek organizes these celebrations of life twice a year.

"So this is what we would call a rituatl of opportuntiy for people to come in a very simple way to gather with people who do understand what they're going through and to reconnect with the hospice staff," said Merek.

Linda believes hopes these times of sharing will eventually help her heal from the loss of her mother and also let her family thank the staff who helped her mother's last days on earth as peaceful as possible.

"We love her and we miss her. There's a hole," said Linda.

Mercyhealth will hold another service for hospice families in October.