Breath of Life Club


While health care professionals can be a wealth of inforamtion 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 of information. Qualified individuals are available at the end of each meeting for questions and instruction. Refreshments are 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 happened 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 toward coping and healing.

For more information, contact Fr. Nick Husain at
217-464-1073 or

Share Support Group


The Share Support Group is 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 health care while offering healing, hope and compassion to all in need, with an expression of love and reference for life.

Share meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in conference room G18 on the ground floor of the hospital.

The Share Support group also holds the annual Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope, a walk along the lake shore to remember our babies and walk the steps that they will never be able to take.

For more information, call Karla Thornton at 217-464-2045 or email

Widowed Support Group


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

For more information, call James Vogel at

Stroke Support Group


If you are a loved one is a stroke survivor, please join us to learn ways to cope with the effects of stroke.

The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 12 - 1 p.m. in conference room G18.

For more information on the stroke support group call Rachel Spaide, director of rehabilitation, sports medicine and wound services at 217-464-2981 or 217-464-5970.