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Grief Support

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Grief Support

The following are some tools available to assist you in your healing journey. Contact us to discuss other resources and find a personalized solution to support you on the road to recovery.

Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a variety of difficult emotions, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the anger and sadness you feel will ever fade. It’s important to remember that grief is a natural and normal reaction to a significant loss, and that you’re not alone. Reach out to your support network through family and friends, and don’t be afraid to lean on the people who care about you. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can allow you to heal and resume your regular routines.

A few things to remember as you begin to recover from a loss:

  • Each of us experiences grief differently, depending on our coping style and life experiences.
  • The healing process happens gradually, and can’t be rushed or ignored.
  • It’s okay to cry…but it’s also okay if you find that you can’t. Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one.
  • There’s no set time frame for grieving, and different individuals may take different amounts of time to heal.
  • Allow yourself to face your feelings and express them. Try talking to a trusted friend or spiritual leader, joining a support group, or writing about your loss in a journal.
  • The mind and body are deeply connect. Though it may be hard at first, remember to take care of yourself physically so that you can allow yourself to begin to recover emotionally.
  • It’s always okay to seek professional help when you need to.

 


 

365 Days of Healing

With our daily emails of comfort and hope, you will feel supported knowing we’re here to walk with you through your journey of grief.



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Just One of Many

Here’s one example of our 365 Days of Healing emails, designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal.



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Grief & Healing Websites



 

GriefShare

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

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Web Healing

Web Healing offers grief discussion boards where you can talk with others who are grieving or browse recommended books on grief.

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The Compassionate Friends

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause), or you are helping those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the grieving process as a parent.

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AARP

With AARP you’ll find articles, discussions, and helpful information on dealing with end-of-life care, the challenges faced by caregivers, and how to deal with grief after a loss.

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Children & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.

The following links provide more detailed information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss.



When Families Grieve™

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children's understanding of death and offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

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Helpful Children's Books

This list from the Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center recommends children's books that deal with death and grief. These easy-to-read stories can open up a meaningful discussion between you and your child, and help children make sense of their feelings and understand what they're experiencing.

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More Advice

Here you'll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you may want to read her book for even more insight.

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Local Resources

We've put together a list of hospitality resources for friends and family who may be unfamiliar with the area. Feel free to explore all that our community has to offer below.

Camp Erin
A Children's Grief Camp
Call 952-892-2111 for upcoming support groups and registration information.

Loss of a Child Support Group
Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Ann Trudeau, 651-257-8620.

The Compassionate Friends
Support group for anyone who has lost a child of any age.

The Dougy Center
The National Center for Grieving Children & Families

Kidsaid
Website for children and their parents to learn how to cope with grief and bereavement together.

Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice
11725 Stinson Ave.
Chisago City, MN 55013
Phone: 651-257-8850

Grief and Loss Support Group
St. Croix Regional Medical Center
For more information contact Dr. Kevin Schumann 715-483-3261 Extension 2016

Loss of a Spouse Support Group
Weekly grief support group for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse.
Meets every Tuesday from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in North Branch. Contact Gretchen Kirvida 651-257-8850 to register.

Allina Grief Resources
Support groups and related services
Phone: 651-628-1752

Grief Share
For more information on upcoming sessions contact: Maranatha Assembly of God
Phone: 651-464-3131

Grief Share
For more information on upcoming sessions contact: New Life Christian Community 201 Highway 35 in Dresser, WI
Connie Bayle 715-557-1431 or conjoh1@gmail.com 6:30 p.m. Thursday Evenings

Grandstrand Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Phone: (651) 257-4000
11900 Lake Lane North, Lindstrom, MN 55045

Grandstrand Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Phone: (651) 674-4444
6580 Main Street, North Branch, MN 55056

Grandstrand Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Phone: (715) 294-3111
941 State Road 35, Osceola, WI 54020

Grandstrand Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Phone: (715) 483-3141
201 North Adams Street, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024


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