Grief Support

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried, and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.

Below are listed just a few of the available grief support programs available. Please contact the programs to find out how they may be able to help you during your time of loss and transition.

Grief support contacts

Allina Hospitals Grief Resource Listing
Resources for those who have lost a loved one.

Capital City Grief Coalition
The Capitol City Grief Coalition sponsors various education and support groups.
When: Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Location varies
Cost: Free (Donations gratefully accepted.)
Contact: Call Lois Knutson at 651-227-4430

Center For Grief, Loss, and Transition
Offers specialized therapy and education for complicated grief, trauma and life transition.
Where: 1133 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Contact: 651-641-0177

The Compassionate Friends
Resources for supporting family after a child dies.

Essentia Grief Support Center
Essentia lists grief support programs through many of their clinics/hospitals throughout Minnesota.

Fairview System Bereavement Resources
Resources for those who have lost a loved one.

Heartland Hospice
When: Wednesday evenings 5:30 p.m.
Where: Heartland Hospice
1257 2nd Street North   
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Cost: Free
Contact: Call Linda Hall, LSW, bereavement coordinator, at 320-654-1136 or toll free 877-249-8836

Mayo Hospice Program adult grief support
When: Series runs for eight weeks every spring and fall
Where: Mayo Hospice Program, 200 First Street SW, Rochester
Cost: Call to confirm
Contact: Call Carolyn Wall at 507-284-1690
For a list of other Mayo support programs in Minnesota: http://www.mayoclinic.org/support-groups/