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Where can you turn when you need help with grief?

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Nov 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

105573041-7Grief is an instinctive human response to loss. Although painful, grief is a natural and necessary process that will help you begin to heal. There are ways to help yourself deal with it and ways to protect yourself from long-lasting emotional pain. While each person's experience is unique, they can draw strength from others who have traveled a similar journey.

A new Regional Grief Support Network is available in the Twin Cities Southwest metro region, filling an identified gap in resources for grief support in the area for all types of loss. 

How are the community support groups facilitated?

The new community grief support groups are led by a trained facilitator. These leaders do not necessarily have a background in mental health or counseling, but are trained to provide resources, manage group dynamics, introduce topics of discussion and encourage and direct conversation. Sessions are intended to complement—not replace—professional care.

The success of the Regional Grief Support Network relies on the engagement and support of community organizations, churches and businesses to provide meeting sites and financial support. The vision is to bring communities together, building partnerships to create a safe and confidential environment where people can find encouragement and comfort to understand and express grief, and begin healing following the death of a loved one. Participants benefit from sharing and listening to others who have common experiences of grief and healing.

When and where are the community support groups held?

The Regional Grief Support Network hosts a group each week that features a different topic. Group meetings are ongoing and open and not organized as a series (each week is run as an independent meeting).

New groups are beginning this fall in the following locations:

Chaska

  • When:  Every other Wednesday
  • Time:    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Chaska Heights Senior Living
    3120 Chestnut St, Door A
    Chaska, MN 55313

Delano

  • When:  Every other Wednesday
  • Time:    9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Legacy of Delano
    1350 St Peter Ave E
    Delano, MN 55328

Norwood Young America

  • When:  Every other Thursday
  • Time:    5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Haven at Peace Village
    600 Railroad Drive, 2nd Floor
    Norwood Young America, MN 55368

Mound

  • When: Every other Thursday
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • Where: Harrison Bay Senior Living
    1861 Commerce Blvd
    Mound, MN 55364

Will there be other locations?

Expansion of the program will eventually bring additional groups to Carver, Hennepin, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott, Sibley and Wright counties on a variety of days of the week, times and locations.

How do I learn more or sign up to attend?

The meetings are free of charge and open to all adults. To register, for current information, additional resources, for information about serving as a group facilitator, or making a financial gift, visit www.goodgriefnetwork.com or call Sue DeGolier at 952-777-4190. Registration is requested by not required.

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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