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Support Groups

Grief Support Services


Prepared by Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services   July 2015

Annandale · Kimball · Maple Lake               

(320) 274-8811          


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 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.



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, MN  55373

Contact: Church Office:  (763) 477-6300 or  Sandy (763) 843-8685

SERVICES PROVIDED:  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, MN  55362

Monticello group meets 2nd Monday at 7 p.m.

Contact: Beth Hill (763) 295-3610



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.



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 Again)                                                                                                    

PO Box 674, Monticello, MN   55362

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.



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:  

(800) 487-6233                                   website:

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 driving.


SAVE – SUICIDE AWARENESS\VOICES OF EDUCATION                                   

8120 Penn Ave. S., Suite 470, Bloomington, MN 55431     PHONE:  (952) 946-7998;

Hennepin County Crisis Intervention Center (counseling/assessment/referral) (612) 873-3161

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 talk to.


SURVIVING THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE                                                                       

Monticello Senior Center, 505 Walnut Street, Suite 3, Monticello, MN 55362


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) 835-6610      

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

Hospice Minnesota (651) 917-4616 or (800) 214-9597





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.



(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 health issues. 



(800) 333-2433 

The Senior LinkAge Line® and® are resources for older Minnesotans and their families to find information regarding health and support service choices.



(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.



1527 Northway Drive; St. Cloud, MN      PHONE:  (320) 255-7245

The senior center offers numerous support groups for older adults as well as art classes and physical activity programs and tours.




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:

            The Dougy Center

            P.O. Box 86852; Portland, OR   97286          (503) 775-5683 or (866) 775-5683    


Parents of Murdered Children

            National POMC

            4960 Ridge Ave., Suite 2; Cincinnati, OH   45209    (888) 818-7662                      


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance

            1314 Bedford Ave., Suite 210; Baltimore, MD  21208   (800) 221-SIDS   (800) 221-7437

            Grief counselors available 24/7                      

            Minnesota SIDS Center

            (612) 813-6285 or (800) 732-3812


American Childhood Cancer Organization

PO Box 498; Kensington, MD  20895-0498   (855) 858-2226 (toll free)


National Alliance for Grieving Children

            900 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 130D; Stuart, FL 34994  866-432-1542 


For Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Ectopic Pregnancy and Early Infant Death:

            National Share    

            National Share Office

            402 Jackson St.; St. Charles, MO  63301-3468   (800) 821-6819       


For Homicide:

National Organization For Victim Assistance (NOVA)

510 King St., Suite 424; Alexandria, VA  22314   (800) 879-6682      


For Hospice Care

            National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

            1731 King Street; Alexandria, VA  22314   (703) 837-1600




            AIDS United

            1424 K Street, Suite 200: Washington, DC  20005   (202) 408-4848                        



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.

To sign up on our website:

1)    Go to

2)    Click the "Aftercare" tab on the left

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



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