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Grief Support Services

                                                                                                                                               

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Annandale · Kimball · Maple Lake

(320) 274-8811          


July 29, 2021 - We are currently updating this list. Many groups are changing frequently due to COVID concerns which is making it difficult to keep information up to date. Please make sure to call the group prior to attending. 


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.

 

CHILDREN’S GRIEFCONNECTION    www.childrensgriefconnection.com

72351 Pine River Road; Willow River, MN 55795

Phone: (877) 226-7632   Fax: (218) 372-8420    Email:info@childrensgriefconnection.com
HEARTS OF HOPE FAMILY GRIEF CAMP

Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camps help families come to get her 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. Support and resources 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 bethhill_2002@hotmail.com

 

PERINATAL LOSS SUPPORTGROUP 

ST. CLOUD HOSPITAL, 1406 6th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN56303    (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.  Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Monday of each month at St. Cloud Hospital in the St. Benedict’s conference room near Lakes elevator on the first floor.

 

CENTRACARE HEALTHHOME CARE & HOSPICE

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

www.centracare.com/services/grief-and-bereavement-services/resources/

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

The Grief Support Group is for those experiencing loss related to death.

 

GRIEF SHARE

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 www.griefshare.org/findagroup. 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

 

HEARTLAND HOSPICE

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.

 

 

ECUMEN OF LITCHFIELD

218 North Holcombe, Litchfield, MN   55355                       CONTACT:(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 love done 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 DRUNKDRIVERS (MADD) – Wright County Chapter                       

PO Box 362, Buffalo, MN 55313                  e-mail: mn.state@madd.org  

(800) 487-6233                                                          website: www.maddmn.org

The Wright county MADD Chapter continues to work towards it's 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 – SUICIDEAWARENESS\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

INTERNET: www.save.org 

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.

 

HOSPICE SERVICES

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 Support Services, Waconia - (952)442-6032 www.ridgeviewmedical.org

·        Heartland Hospice – (888) 650-1136

·        Hospice Minnesota (651) 917-4616 or (800)214-9597 www.mnhpc.org

           


OTHER SERVICES:

 

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 help line 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 health issues. 

 

 

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 OLDERMINNESOTANS

(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 SENIORCENTER    

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.

 

NATIONAL SELF-HELPORGANIZATIONS 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:


 The DougyCenter      www.dougy.org

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


 Parents of Murdered Children     www.pomc.com

            National POMC

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

            

 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance     www.sidsalliance.org

            1314Bedford 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)    www.acco.org


 National Alliance for Grieving Children

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

 

For Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Ectopic Pregnancy and EarlyInfant Death:

            National Share    

            National Share Office

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

           

 For Homicide:

National Organization For Victim Assistance (NOVA)

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

  

For Hospice Care

            National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

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

            www.nhpco.org         

 

For AIDS

            AIDS United

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

             

 

 

GRIEFCARE PROGRAM

 

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.

To sign up on our website:

1)    Go to www.dingmannfuneral.com

2)    Click the "RESOURCES" tab and then the “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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