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Grief support groups: Greater Minnesota (towns, A to F)

Aitkin
Albert Lea (Freeborn County)
Alexandria
Austin
Big Lake
Blue Earth
Breckenridge

Buffalo
Chatfield
Cold Spring (Stearns County)
Crookston
Crosby
Detroit Lakes

Duluth (St. Louis County)
Fairmont (Martin County)
Faribault (Rice County)
Fegus Falls (Otter Tail County)
Fertile, Fosston

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

Aitkin

Grief Support For all ages

This ongoing support group is open to people of all ages.
When: First and third Thursday of each month
Where: First Lutheran Church, 1072 Second Street SE, Aitkin, MN 56431
Cost:No charge
Contact: Call Joyce Stimac at 218-927-4177.

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Albert Lea (Freeborn County)

Grief education series

Crossroads Community Hospice sponsors an eight-week series of grief education and support groups for various ages. The organization also offers support for young widows and widowers.
When: The series runs twice a year.
Where: Salem Lutheran Church, 115 North Washington Avenue, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Cost:No cost
Contact: Call Jackie Carstens or Jane Hebert at 507-377-6393.

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Alexandria

Support group for grieving parents

The Parish Nurses and Grief Advisory Group are sponsoring a monthly grief support group for adults who have lost a child
When: 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alexandria clinic
Cost: Call to confirm
Contact: Kathy Fischer at 320-763-5781

Support group for hospice families

Hospice of Douglas County is sponsoring an ongoing, monthly grief support group for anyone who has lost a loved-one.
When: Last Thursday of the month (except Nov. and Dec., one week earlier), 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Douglas County Extension Meeting Room, 720 Fillmore
Cost: Call to confirm
Contact: Jackie Olson, LSW, at 320-763-6018

Monthly Support Group

Anderson Funeral Home sponsors a monthly grief support group for adults (including teens) who are grieving any death.
Contact: Carole A Magnuson at 320-5900 for time and location.

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Austin

Grief education series

Austin Medical Center Hospice sponsors a six-week series for adults which includes grief education and support groups.
When: Every spring and fall, meets once a week in evenings
Where: Mower County Senior Center, 400 3rd Avenue N.E.
Cost: Call to confirm
Contact: Call Lenette Baron or Mary Vollum at 507-434-1415.

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Big Lake

Grief Support Group

Family Prospective Resources is offering a 7-week grief/loss support group.
When: Wednesday evenings in March and April of 2013
Where: Big Lake
Cost: Free
Contact: Email Kara Moen at kara.moen@gmail.com

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Blue Earth

Grief Group

United Hands Hospice offers an eight-week program his for people grieving the death of someone close.
When: The series runs four times a year in the spring and fall.
Where: Call to confirm.
Cost:No cost
Contact: Call Naomi Segon, bereavement coordinator, United Hands Hospice, at 507-526-7970.

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Breckenridge

General grief support

St. Francis Riveredge Hospice sponsors grief support group sessions for people of any age.
When: Twice a month. Call to confirm.
Where: St. Francis Riveredge Hospice, 415 Oak Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520
Cost:No cost
Contact: Call Tana Erbes, licensed social worker, at 218-643-7364.

Young widows/widowers support

St. Francis Riveredge Hospice sponsors grief support group sessions for people under the age of 55 who have lost their spouse or partner.
When: Once a month. Call to confirm.
Where: St. Francis Riveredge Hospice, 415 Oak Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520
Cost:No cost
Contact: Call Tana Erbes, licensed social worker, 218-643-7364.

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Buffalo

GriefShare

Your Journey from Mourning to Joy is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It's a place to be around people who understand what you are feeling. At GriefShare, you'll learn valuable information about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future.
When:Call the church office for dates and times.
Where:Buffalo Covenant Church, 1601 Hwy 25 N., Buffalo MN 55313
Cost:Registration: $10, includes workbook, scholarships available, registration limited.
Contact: 763-682-1470 (church office) or Denny/Sue Sandberg 320-963-5952

Grief Support

Monthly meeting for people who have suffered a loss through the death of a loved one. Get connected, sharing, support time and fellowship.
When:Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Child care available by reservation.)
Where:Group meets at Buffalo United Methodist Church, Junior High Classroom (Enter at the education wing's southwest door).
Cost:Registration: $10, includes workbook, scholarships available, registration limited.
Contact: Call 763-682-3538 (church) or Sally Fowler at 763-684-4838.

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Chatfield

Coffee Get Together

Seasons Hospice sponsors this chance get together over coffee for grief support.
When: First Thursday of every month, 9-10a.m., ongoing
Where: Chosen Valley Assisted Living, Chatfield, MN
Contact: Marianne Maruca, 507-285-1930

Cold Spring (Stearns County)

Grief Support Group

This ongoing group is for adults who have experienced any type of relational loss, including separation, divorce and being widowed.
When: First Wednesday of each month, 1 to 2 p.m.
When: Spring Haven Apartments, community room
Cost:No cost
Contact: Call Roxann Storms at 320-529-0427.

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Crookston (Polk County)

Grief education series

RiverView Healthcare Association sponsors a series of education and support group sessions for people between the ages of 40 and 70.
When: Call to confirm
Where: RiverView Healthcare Association, 323 South Minnesota Street, Crookston, MN 56716
Cost:No cost
Contact: Call Danielle Conrad at 218-281-9478.

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Crosby

HUGS (Hope and Understanding for Grief Stricken Families)

This ongoing group helps for people of all ages deal with loss.
When: First and third Tuesday of each month
Where: Cuyuna Range Community Center, 222 Second Street NW, Crosby, MN 56441
Cost:
Contact: Call Kay Deblock at 218-546-5863.

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Detroit Lakes

Grief Journeys for Adults (Hospice of the Red River Valley)

This is an ongoing support group for adults 18 years and older who have experienced a loss through death held by Hospice of the Red River Valley.
When: Second Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hospice of the Red River Valley – Detroit Lakes, 1111 Highway 10
Cost: Free
Contact: For more information or questions, please call 1-800-237-4629 or email questions@hrrv.org.

Grief Journeys—Loss of a Partner Group (Hospice of the Red River Valley)

This is an ongoing support group for men and women who have experienced the death of a partner held by Hospice of the Red River Valley.
When: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Hospice of the Red River Valley – Detroit Lakes, 1111 Highway 10
Cost: Free
Contact: For more information or questions, please call 1-800-237-4629 or email questions@hrrv.org.

Youth Journeys (Hospice of the Red River Valley)

This is an occasional program for young people, ages 6 to 18, who have lost a loved one through death. Adults are encouraged to accompany children.
Contact: Please call 1-800-237-4629 or email questions@hrrv.org for dates, time, location and cost information on this program.

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Duluth (St. Louis County)

For adults

These groups are open to any adult who has experienced the sudden or prolonged death of a spouse, significant other, sibling, parent, relative, or friend:
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday of every month
Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805

When: 3:30 to 5 p.m., second Wednesday of every month
Where: St. Mary's Hospital of Superior 3500 Tower Avenue Superior, Wisconsin 54880
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the Grief Support Center at 218-786-4402 or email Grief Support Center

Women's Grief Support

St. Mary's Hospice sponsors this ongoing grief support group for women ages 40 through 80.
When: First and third Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Primrose Retirement Community, Duluth
Cost: Call to confirm
Contact: Judy Dahl at 218-786-1833 or Ellen Hafschmidt at 218-786-1887

Young Widow/Widower Grief Support Program

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the Grief Support Center at 218-786-4402 or e-mail griefcenter@essentiahealth.org.

Senior Citizen Grief and Loss Support Group

Many people feel the words "grief" and "loss" refer only to death. This is not true. There are many different types of losses, and seniors in this support group talk about a wide variety of issues including:

  • loss of health due to illness or aging
  • decisions regarding moving from a home to an apartment
  • caregiving for sick or disabled family or friends
  • death or impending death of a loved one
  • relationships with adult children

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesday of each month
Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the Grief Support Center at 218-786-4402 or e-mail griefcenter@essentiahealth.org.

Parent grief

The Grief Support Center of St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic offers education and support for parents who have lost children. Groups meet according to the child's age at the time of loss: birth to 10 years, older than 10 years.

For more about any of these support groups, call the Grief Support Center at 218-786-4402 or e-mail griefcenter@essentiahealth.org:

  • For Parents Who Have Lost a Young Child (miscarriage, stillbirth, birth to 10 years)
    When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of each month
    Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
  • For Parents Who Have Lost an Older Child (Over 10 years of age)
    When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., fourth Tuesday of each month
    Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
    Cost: Free

Homocide

  • Family and Friends of Murder Victims
    When: Second Monday of every other month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
    Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
    Cost: Free

Suicide

The Grief Support Center of St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic offers education and support to family members left behind after someone has committed suicide.
When: Third Monday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 2E classroom, room 2216, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the Grief Support Center at 218-786-4402 or e-mail griefcenter@essentiahealth.org.

Young Person's Grief Support Program

Offers education and support to youth ages 5-8, 9-13 and 14-18.
When: 3:30-5:00
Fall program starts in October
Winter program starts in January
Spring program starts in April
Cost: Free, but pre-registration by a parent or legal guardian is required by calling 218-786-4402 or email griefcenter@essentiahealth.org Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN

Kids Can Cope

For young people age 8-16 who have a friend or family member living with cancer or another serious medical condition.
When: 3:30-5:00, Fall program begins in September, Spring program begins in March
Where: St. Mary's Medical Center, 407 East Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Cost: Free, but pre-registration by a parent or legal guardian is required by calling 218-786-4402 or email griefcenter@essentiahealth.org

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Fairmont (Martin County)

Grief Support Group

Fairmont Medical Center sponsors an education and support group series for adults dealing with the death of a loved one.
When: Call to confirm date and times
Where: 800 Medical Center Drive
Contact: Call Russ Steele, LSW, at 507-238-8600

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Faribault (Rice County)

Grief education for adults, parents and spouses

Faribault Area Hospice offers various series of education and support group sessions for people, age 18 and older, who are experiencing grief due to the lost of a loved one, including a child, partner or spouse.
When: Call to confirm.
Where: Call to confirm
Contact: Call Michele Hendel, bereavement coordinator, Faribault Area Hospice, at 507-332-4835.

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Fergus Falls (Otter Tail County)

For any age

Lakeland Hospice sponsors a support group to help people of all ages deal with grief issues.
When: Call to confirm.
Where: Call to confirm location in Fergus Falls or Perham.
Contact: Call Delores Peterson at 218-736-7885.

Kids and Teens Grief Support Group

Lakeland Hospice sponsors a support group for children, 6 to 12, and teens, 13 to 19.
When: Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeland Hospice, 120 South Union Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Contact: Call Delores Peterson at 218-736-7885.

Parents in Grief

Lakeland Hospice offers support to parents who have lost a child.
When: Call to confirm.
Where: Lakeland Hospice, 120 South Union Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Contact: Call Delores Peterson at 218-736-7885.

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Fertile, Fosston

General grief and holiday support

First Care Medical Services sponsors a series of grief support group sessions.
When: Series runs every spring and fall, and during the holiday season.
Where: First Care Medical Services, 900 Hilligoss Blvd. SE, Fosston, MN 56542; First Care Medical Services, Highway 32 North, Fertile, MN 56540
Contact: Call Judy Sprague at 218-945-6152.

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