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Support Groups

Grief SupportServices


Prepared by Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & CremationServices April 2017

Annandale · Kimball · Maple Lake               

(320) 274-8811          


The locations, times and telephone numbers can changewithout notice to us.  Periodically wewill contact all of the support groups to make sure our information iscurrent.  If you have difficultycontacting any services or if you would like assistance in making the initialcall, please feel free to contact us.



72351 Pine River Road; Willow River, MN 55795

Phone: (877) 226-7632   Fax: (218) 372-8420

Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camps help families come togetherto heal.  At this weekend-long camp,every member of the family has the opportunity to participate in integrated yetseparate programs.  Activities aremirrored in each program, providing shared experiences and a common language touse as they continue on their lifelong grief journey after the camp ends.  Hearts of Hope Camp serves family membersfrom 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 achild. The group is non-denominational and there is no fee. Support andresources for grieving parents and grandparents who had a child (grandchild) die.  Local chapters:

ST. HENRY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1001 7th Street E.,Monticello, MN  55362

Monticello group meets 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Contact: Beth Hill (763) 295-3610



ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL, 1406 6th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN56303    (320) 251-2700, ext. 53528

This perinatal loss support program is for families who haveexperienced the loss of an infant through newborn death, stillbirth, ectopicpregnancy or miscarriage.  Meetings areat 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Monday of each month at St. Cloud Hospital in the St. Benedict’sconference room near Lakes elevator on the first floor.



CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle, MN 56303  (320)-259-9375

Grief Support Group meets every Monday from 1:30-2:30p.m. 

The Grief Support Group is for those experiencing lossrelated to death.



Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or

friend. Over 15,000 churches worldwide host these non-denominational groups.

Trained leaders facilitate the 13-week structured program using a three-pronged

approach. i.e. video seminar, group discussion, and personal workbook. You will

find caring, confidential support. You can join a group at any time and come back

to repeat all or parts of the cycle at a future date. Information and/or registration

can be found at Two local groups currently

hosting their Fall Cycles are:

    Albion Ev. Free Church, Cokato

    Tues., 6:30 p.m., 9/1-12/15

    Jane Johnson, 763-528-8559

    Buffalo Covenant Church, Buffalo

    Tues., 6:30 p.m., 9/15-12/15

    Byron & Lisa Gjerstad, 763-245-3462



1257 2nd Street N., Sauk Rapids, MN  56379

CONTACT INFORMATION: Linda Hall at 320-654-1136

Weekly grief support meetings are held Wednesdays from5:30-7:00 p.m

Contact Linda Hall for information on monthly mailing or one-on-one grief support.




218 North Holcombe, Litchfield, MN   55355                       CONTACT:(320) 693-7367

The Grief and Education Support Group Series meets two timesa year at the hospice offices in Litchfield for persons who have lost a lovedone due to death.  The group grief seriesruns for 6 weeks.  Call for moreinformation or to be put on their mailing list for the next series. Libraryresources on grief and dying are also available.


MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNKDRIVERS (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 itsthree goals: 1) To aid victims and families that have lost loved ones or sustainedpersonal injuries themselves; 2) To create public awareness regarding theproblems of drinking and drugged driver; 3) To pursue strategies and createprograms which will result in eliminating crashes caused by drinking or druggeddriving.



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 educateabout suicide and speak for suicide survivors. They have a 24 hour service for those in need.  They will contact someone in the area you cantalk to.



Hospice is a special kind of care given to people in the finalstages of life.  The goal of hospice careis to encourage patients to live each day to the fullest and to enjoy thepresence of family and friends.  They areoften 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 Support Services, Waconia - (952)442-6032

·        Heartland Hospice – (888) 650-1136

·        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 communityhelpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 helps people accessinformation they need to navigate the ever increasing and complex array ofhuman 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 programis for people age 55 and older with alcohol or drug-use problems and/or mentalhealth issues. 




(800) 333-2433 

The Senior LinkAge Line® and® areresources for older Minnesotans and their families to find informationregarding health and support service choices.



(800) 657-3591 or (651) 431-2555                

The Ombudsman investigates concerns, mediates disputes andserves as an advocate for seniors.  Theorganization 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 olderadults as well as art classes and physical activity programs and tours.



Many of the following organizations will provide you withprinted materials on grief, often free, as well as addresses and phone numbersof local chapters.

 To receive a directory of support groups and servicesavailable for Bereaved Children contact:

 The DougyCenter

            P.O. Box86852; Portland, OR   97286          (503) 775-5683 or (866) 775-5683    

 Parents of Murdered Children


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


 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance

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

            Griefcounselors available 24/7                     

            MinnesotaSIDS 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 SEOcean Blvd. Suite 130D; Stuart, FL 34994   866-432-1542 


For Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Ectopic Pregnancy and EarlyInfant Death:


            National Share Office

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


 For Homicide:

National Organization For VictimAssistance (NOVA)

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


For Hospice Care

            NationalHospice and Palliative Care Organization

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




            AIDS United

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






We now offer E-Aftercare through our GriefCare program, "Stepping Stones". 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.

Tosign up on our website:

1)    Go to

2)    Click the "RESOURCES" tab and thenthe “Aftercare” link

3)    Click on the "Sign Up to Receive our GriefCare mailing list"at the        bottom of the page

4)    Complete the requested sign up information 

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