Grief Support Services
Prepared by Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation
Services July 2015
Annandale · Kimball · Maple Lake
The locations, times and telephone numbers can change
without notice to us. Periodically we
will contact all of the support groups to make sure our information is
current. If you have difficulty
contacting any services or if you would like assistance in making the initial
call, please feel free to contact us.
72351 Pine River Road; Willow River, MN 55795
Phone: (877) 226-7632
Fax: (218) 372-8420 Email:
HEARTS OF HOPE FAMILY GRIEF CAMP
Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camps help families come together
to heal. At this weekend-long camp,
every member of the family has the opportunity to participate in integrated yet
separate programs. Activities are
mirrored in each program, providing shared experiences and a common language to
use as they continue on their lifelong grief journey after the camp ends. Hearts of Hope Camp serves family members
from pre-school through grandparenthood.
On-site daycare for birth to age three is provided.
COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS www.compassionatefriends.org
PO Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL
60522 (877) 969-0010
Parents and grandparents who has experienced the death of a
child. The group is non-denominational and there is no fee. Local chapters:
OUR FATHER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3903 Gilbert Ave SE, Rockford,
Contact: Church Office:
(763) 477-6300 or Sandy (763)
Support and resources for grieving parents and grandparents who had
a child (grandchild) die.
Rockford group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 pm.
ST. HENRY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1001 7th East, Monticello,
Monticello group meets 2nd Monday at 7 p.m.
Contact: Beth Hill (763) 295-3610 email@example.com
PERINATAL LOSS SUPPORT
ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL, 1406 6th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN
56303 (320) 251-2700, ext. 53528
This perinatal loss support program is for families who have
experienced the loss of an infant through newborn death, stillbirth, ectopic
pregnancy or miscarriage. Please contact
the number listed above for current meeting times.
HOME CARE & HOSPICE
2035 – 15TH St. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303
Bereavement Coordinator: Liz – 320-259-9375 ext. 28809
Grief Support Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
from 6-7 p.m and 3rd Monday of each month from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
GALA (Get a Life
PO Box 674, Monticello, MN
CONTACT INFORMATION: Melba Louisiana at (763) 682-2291 or
Dorthy Gratzek (763) 497-7820
This organization is open to any widow or widower who needs
to know that there are others that have experienced the same trauma. This is not a dating service, nor a typical
grief support group, but a band of caring individuals that realize that life
goes on, and it’s possible to smile again.
Through fellowship and friendship, all try to make the transition period
a little smoother. The group meets for
dinner, cards, work on crafts, tours, games, bowling, shopping and various
sports events. $15.00 membership a year
to cover mailings.
CONTACT INFORMATION: 320-654-1136 Linda Hall in bereavement.
Monthly grief support meetings held the 2nd Thursday of the
month from 3-5 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 331 Harrison St. W,
Annandale, MN. Contact Linda Hall for information on monthly mailing or
one-on-one grief support.
ECUMEN OF LITCHFIELD
218 North Holcombe, Litchfield, MN 55355 CONTACT:
Judy (320) 693-7367
The Grief and Education Support Group Series meets two times
a year at the hospice offices in Litchfield for persons who have lost a loved
one due to death. The group grief series
runs for 6 weeks. Call for more
information or to be put on their mailing list for the next series. Library
resources on grief and dying are also available.
MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK
DRIVERS (MADD) – Wright County Chapter
PO Box 362, Buffalo, MN
55313 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wright county MADD Chapter continues to work towards its
three goals: 1) To aid victims and families that have lost loved ones or
sustained personal injuries themselves; 2) To create public awareness regarding
the problems of drinking and drugged driver; 3) To pursue strategies and create
programs which will result in eliminating crashes caused by drinking or drugged
SAVE – SUICIDE
AWARENESS\VOICES OF EDUCATION
8120 Penn Ave. S., Suite 470, Bloomington, MN 55431 PHONE:
Hennepin County Crisis Intervention Center (counseling/assessment/referral)
Suicide Hotline (800) 273-8255
MISSION: To educate
about suicide and speak for suicide survivors.
They have a 24 hour service for those in need. They will contact someone in the area you can
SURVIVING THE DEATH
OF A LOVED ONE
Monticello Senior Center, 505 Walnut Street, Suite 3,
Monticello, MN 55362
CONTACT INFORMATION: (763) 295-2000
The group provides opportunity to learn more about stages of
grief and offer time to share with others who have had similar experiences. The
group normally meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2 p.m.; please call to
verify the date and time.
Hospice is a special kind of care given to people in the
final stages of life. The goal of
hospice care is to encourage patients to live each day to the fullest and to
enjoy the presence of family and friends.
They are often good resource for grief support.
CentraCare Home Care & Hospice - (320) 259-9375 or (800)
Allina Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care - (651)
635-9173 or (800) 261-0879
Ecumen of Litchfield Area Hospice - (320) 693-7367
Ridgeview Home Care, Waconia - (952) 442-6030 www.ridgeviewmedical.org
Hospice Minnesota (651) 917-4616 or (800) 214-9597 www.mnhpc.org
UNITED WAY 2-1-1 (Formerly First Call for Help)
(800) 543-7709 or dial 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential community
helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 helps people access
information they need to navigate the ever increasing and complex array of
human services. The first step to finding help is knowing who to call.
SENIOR HELPING HANDS
(800) 742-HELP or (320) 229-3766
A program of St. Cloud Hospital Recovery Plus, this program
is for people age 55 and older with alcohol or drug-use problems and/or mental
SENIOR LINKAGE LINE
(800) 333-2433 www.mnaging.org
The Senior LinkAge Line® and MinnesotaHelp.info® are
resources for older Minnesotans and their families to find information
regarding health and support service choices.
OMBUDSMAN FOR OLDER
(800) 657-3591 or (651) 431-2555
The Ombudsman investigates concerns, mediates disputes and
serves as an advocate for seniors. The
organization also provides information to people caring for an elderly person.
WHITNEY SENIOR CENTER
1527 Northway Drive; St. Cloud, MN PHONE:
The senior center offers numerous support groups for older
adults as well as art classes and physical activity programs and tours.
ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Many of the following organizations will provide you with
printed materials on grief, often free, as well as addresses and phone numbers
of local chapters.
To receive a directory of support groups and services
available for Bereaved Children contact:
86852; Portland, OR 97286 (503) 775-5683 or (866) 775-5683
Parents of Murdered Children www.pomc.com
Ave., Suite 2; Cincinnati, OH 45209 (888) 818-7662
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance www.sidsalliance.org
Bedford Ave., Suite 210; Baltimore, MD
21208 (800) 221-SIDS (800) 221-7437
813-6285 or (800) 732-3812
American Childhood Cancer Organization
PO Box 498; Kensington, MD 20895-0498
(855) 858-2226 (toll free) www.acco.org
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Ocean Blvd. Suite 130D; Stuart, FL 34994 866-432-1542
For Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Ectopic Pregnancy and Early
National Share Office
St.; St. Charles, MO 63301-3468 (800) 821-6819 www.nationalshare.org
National Organization For Victim
510 King St., Suite 424; Alexandria,
VA 22314 (800) 879-6682 www.trynova.org
For Hospice Care
Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Street; Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 837-1600
Street, Suite 200: Washington, DC 20005 (202) 408-4848 www.aidsunited.org
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
We now offer E-Aftercare through our Circle
of Friends program. Anyone can sign up for this program on our website or
by contacting us by phone. After signing up, you will receive a welcome email
in 1-2 weeks, followed by newsletter every month that will walk with you
through the journey of grief for the next year.
sign up on our website:
1) Go to www.dingmannfuneral.com
2) Click the "Aftercare" tab on the
3) Click on the "Sign Up To Receive Circle
of Friends Newsletter" at the bottom
of the page
4) Complete the requested sign up information