Grief is normal – it is a healthy response to a loss.
Grief is universal – we all grieve.
Grief is unique – we grieve in a way consistent with our own personality and with what the loss means to us personally.
Grief is a process whereby we work through the feelings and learn to live with the changes in our lives brought on by the loss.
We are forever changed by the losses in our lives; we never “GET OVER” grief, but we do learn to live with our losses and, in time, find renewed purpose and meaning in life.
Grief takes a long time. Experts tell us that after the death of someone beloved it is normal for it to take at least three to five years to rebuild our lives. This does not mean that we will be in the intense emotional pain we experienced in the early months for that long. It does mean, however, that adjusting to all the changes and working through the myriad of feelings won’t happen in an orderly fashion during the first year, it will probably take more time.
Ongoing support from other people is one of the most helpful factors in working through the feelings and learning to live with all the changes of normal grief. We need to talk about it; we need to share our story. Grief support groups give survivors the opportunity to share their own stories and to listen compassionately to the stories of others.
Support Groups For Adults In Our Area:
Cambridge Medical Center sponsors a grief support group series for 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
Contact: Call Launa Holland at: 763-688-9545 to pre-register and for more details
S.A.V.E. – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education www.save.org
S.A.V.E. Meetings in MORA: Immanuel Lutheran, 2088 Highway 70
For more information contact: 320-679-4246
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
For Bereaved Parents & Siblings:
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: EAST CENTRAL MN CHAPTER is a local support group opportunity for bereaved parents and siblings. The group meets the third Thursday of the month, at 7:00 P.M., at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church (1050 Southview Ave., Braham, MN). The facilitators of this group are bereaved parents who have lived with the loss of their child for a long while. They have developed a lending library of resources for the parents who attend their meetings.
For more information contact: Carol Peterson at 320-396-3495.
Like them on Facebook at: The Compassionate Friends of East Central Minnesota.
To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, go to: http://www.compassionatefriends.org
Individual and Family Counselors in our area:
MORA: Mark Stegeman, MA, LMFT
Legacy Counseling Services | 820 Howe Ave E, Suite 108 | Mora, MN 55051 | Phone: 651.497.1021
BRAHAM: Deanna Austin, MA, LMFT
Serenity Circle Counseling / 540 Broadway Ave.S. / Braham, MN 55006 / Phone: 320.396.3333
Online Grief Resources:
Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
2525 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-813-6285 or Toll Free: 1-800-732-3812
Missing Grace Foundation
provides support for families experiencing pregnancy loss http://www.missinggrace.org/
For Bereaved Children
A Child In Grief website http://www.newyorklife.com/achildingrief
National Alliance for Grieving Children http://childrengrieve.org
Minnesota Children’s Grief Connection http://www.childrensgriefconnection.com/
Bereavement Book Publishers – for all ages
Bereavement Publications, Inc. http://www.bereavementmag.com/
Center For Loss, Ft. Collins, CO http://www.centerforloss.com/
Centering Corporation http://www.centering.org/
In-Sight Books http://www.insightbooks.com/