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Grief support groups: Northwest metropolitan area

Northern suburbs
Western suburbs

Anoka
Buffalo
Brooklyn Center/Robbinsdale
Cambridge
Coon Rapids
Elk River

Monticello
New Hope
Princeton
Ramsey
Robbinsdale
Rogers

Multiple Locations

The Compassionate Friends

Grief support for parents, grandparents, or siblings (over 12) who have experienced the death of a child.
Contact: For information regarding dates, times, and locations, please visit their website at Compassionate Friends

Northern suburbs

Growing Through Loss©

The North Metro Grief Support Coalition sponsors the "Growing Through Loss" series every fall and spring. This six-week series enables those dealing with grief and loss to gain information and support. Each session is complete in itself. You are welcome to attend one or all.
When: Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 9 p.m. - The fall 2012 session is October 4 to November 8.
Where: The fall 2012 session is at Andover Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 15036 Round Lake Blvd. NW, Andover, MN 55304
Cost: Free.
Contact: Call the North Metro Grief Support Coalition at 763-413-2985, or see the Growing Through Loss listing on allina.com/classes.


North Suburban Growing Through Loss©

The Twin Cities' North Suburban Grief Support Coalition sponsors the "Growing Through Loss" series twice yearly, providing an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. Each session is complete in itself. It begins with registration at 6:45 p.m. Each session opens with a prayer and a speaker from 7 to 7:45 p.m., break from 7:45 to 8 p.m. and small group session from 8 to 9 p.m. You are invited to attend one or all of the sessions.
When: Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Area churches
Cost: Free. Also, free childcare is available. To obtain child care, call 763-755-5335 no later than the Monday prior to each session with your name and the number of children and their ages.
Contact: Call Nancy at 763-755-5335, or visit growingthroughloss.org.


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Anoka

LIFT Anoka Coon Rapids Chapter


When: Second Wednesday of the month at Noon
Where: Harvest Grill at Bunker Hills, Main and Foley, Coon Rapids, MN.
Contact: Norma Stueland, 763-421-4347.


Brooklyn Center/Robbinsdale

Adult Loss Support Groups

North Memorial Hospice sponsors 8-week session support groups for adults who have lost friends, family members or spouses. More information available at northmemorial.com/support.
When: Evening and morning sessions available. Registration is required to participate.
Where: Call to confirm participation and location in Robbinsdale or Brooklyn Center.
Cost: Free
Contact: Call Jefferey Hups at 763-581-9590 or e-mail jefferey.hups@northmemorial.com.

Children and Teen Grief Support

This eight-week grief support series for children, teens and their parents is offered to help children and teens grieving the death of a loved one. More information available at northmemorial.com/support.
When: Twice a year.
Where: North Memorial Hospital, 3300 Oakdale Avenue North, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Contact: Call Jefferey Hups at 763-581-9590 or e-mail jefferey.hups@northmemorial.com.

Spouse Loss Support Group

North Memorial Hospice sponsors a morning support group for people of all ages who have lost a spouse. More information available at northmemorial.com/support.
When: Call for dates.
Where: Call for location in Brooklyn Center.
Contact: Call Jefferey Hups at 763-581-9590 or e-mail jefferey.hups@northmemorial.com.

Understanding Grief

A 90-minute presentation for grieving family and friends, helpful information and video. More information available at northmemorial.com/support.
When: First Wednesday of the month, 2 p.m. (and repeated the first Monday of the month)
Where: Call for location in Brooklyn Center.
Contact: Call Jefferey Hups at 763-581-9590 or e-mail jefferey.hups@northmemorial.com.

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Buffalo

Hope Day Retreat: Dealing with Loss - "Finding a Reason to Hope"

This one-day retreat is for adults who have experienced loss.
When: Twice a year.
Where: Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Avenue South, Buffalo, MN 55313
Cost: $35
Contact: Call Nancy at Christ the King Retreat Center at 763-682-1394. Website: Christ the King Retreat Center

Grief Support Group

When: 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: 609 8th St. NW, Buffalo, MN 55313 (Methodist Church)
Contact: Call Sally Fowler at 763-684-4838.

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Cambridge

Adult grief group series

Cambridge Medical Center sponsors a support group series for grieving adults.
When: This eight-week series runs four times a year, meeting Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cambridge Medical Center, 701 South Dellwood Street, Cambridge, MN 55008
Cost: Free
Contact: Call 763-688-9545 to pre-register or for more details.

GriefShareTM

First Baptist Church sponsors a 13 week DVD format grief share support group for Christian adults.
When: Twice yearly
Where: First Baptist Church, 304 Main Street South
Cost: Call to confirm
Contact: 763-689-1173

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Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids GRACE Support Group

Missing GRACE Foundation provides support groups and resources for families who have experienced a loss due to ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other causes. Missing GRACE Foundation offers online support groups, phone support, GRACE Care Baskets, hospital and home visits and three Minnesota support groups located in Maple Grove and Coon Rapids. Missing GRACE Foundation is a non-profit based in Minnesota that works with local, national and international groups to provide a network of resources for grieving parents across the globe. Please call in advance if you plan to attend a support group meeting.
When: The first Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Faith Lutheran Church Lounge 11115 Hanson Boulevard, Coon Rapids, MN 55443 (phone 763-755-3530)
Cost: Free
Contact: Call Candy McVicar, Missing GRACE Foundation, at 763-497-0709 or visit www.MissingGRACE.org.

Gearhart Funeral Homes & Morningside Memorial Gardens

Grief support through lunch and fellowship.
When: 2nd Wednesday of each month for lunch at 12p.
Where: Call for location.
Cost: Free
Contact: 763-755-1700.

Mercy Hospital - Children & Adults

Mercy Hospital hosts grief support programs for children, preschool age to teens, as well as adults. Various groups offer comfort following suicide, violent death or loss of a child.
When: Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Cost: Free
Contact: Call Jackie Sandusky at 763-442-3020. This is Jackie's cell phone number.


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Elk River

GriefShareTM

Video and discussion sessions are designed to help you successfully travel from mourning to joy. This weekly seminar/support group series offers a Christian perspective.
When: Call or e-mail to confirm.
Where: Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School Street, Elk River, MN 55330
Cost: Call to confirm.
Contact: Call Betty Zehringer at 763-441-2363. E-mail betty.zehringer@clcelkriver.org.


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Monticello

Grief Support Group

This ongoing group is for grieving adults.
When: First Monday of each month from 2:00-3:30.
Where: Monticello Senior Center, 505 Walnut Street, Suite 3, Monticello, MN 55362
Contact: Call toll-free 877-969-0010 or 763-295-2000.


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New Hope

LIFT Grief support group

When:Second Tuesday of each month at Noon
Where: Papa's Cafe: 7181 42nd Ave North, New Hope, MN
Cost: Free.
Contact: Betty Boese 763-535-4112. Call to confirm.

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Princeton


Grief Group

New members are welcome at any time to this monthly drop-in support group. Registration is not required.
When: Second Thursday of the month, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Fairview Northland Hospital, 911 Northland Drive, Princeton, MN 55371
Cost: Call to confirm.
Contact: Call Jerry Vandrovec, manager of Spiritual Health Services, Fairview Northland Medical Center, at 763-389-6405

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Ramsey

Adult Grief Group

This support group is for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and operates from a Christian perspective.
When: First and Third Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lord of Life Church.
Cost: Call to confirm.
Contact: Pastor/Therapist Gary Sandberg, 763-433-0550.


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Rogers

Rogers GRACE Support Group (formerly the Maple Grove group)

Missing GRACE Foundation provides support and resources for women and men who have experienced a loss due to ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other causes. We have topic-led discussions on subjects including: differences in male/female grieving, relationships with friends and family through the grieving journey, coping with holidays/anniversary dates, health issues/concerns, subsequent pregnancy fears, and other related topics. On occasion the group will offer an activity that is helpful for the grieving process such as scrapbooking, crafts, video, guest speaker, candlelight memorial service, etc.

Please call Missing GRACE in advance if you plan to attend a support group meeting. Missing GRACE Foundation provides childcare during the meetings. A free will donation toward the childcare fee is appreciated but not required.
When: The second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: NEW LOCATION! Now meeting in Rogers: 21370 John Milless Drive, Rogers, MN
Facilitators: Candy and Stephen McVicar
Cost: Free
Contact: Please call or email Candy McVicar at 763-497-0709 or candy@missinggrace.org for details and let us know when you plan to attend one of our meetings and if you need childcare.

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