Churches in the Bloomington-Richfield area are working together to provide free support and education for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. You can start any series at any time. There is no commitment on attendance and no cost. You may also only attend the speaker portion of the session, or stay for support group. Group meetings are held on Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM.  Each session includes:

Education presentation 4:30-5:00 PM: Understanding the grief process and the many emotions involved in working through one's grief makes the journey less frightening. Guest speakers share their own experiences and professional knowledge on grief and loss.

Support 5:00-6:00 PM: Small groups will be formed where the participants will have the opportunity to share their feelings and concerns with others who are also working through the grief process.

See for additional information. 


The Spring 2024 Series is taking place at Oak Grove Lutheran Church located at 7045 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423. Phone: 612-869-4917.

April 4 - May 16, from 4:30-6:00 PM 

April 4: “Growing Through Grief and Multiple Loss”. Presenter Julie Ditzler is a retired nurse who worked 28 years in long-term care. 

April 11: “How Families Grieve”. Mary Anne Kelly-Wright is a grief counselor and pastoral care minister from Richfield. 

April 18: “Sibling Loss” Rev. Catherine Duncan is an ordained minister, Chaplain, Spiritual Director, and Certified Energy Healer. 

April 25: “Mindfulness as a Tool for Working Through Grief” by Jean Fagerstrom. Jean is a mindfulness teacher, and clinical social worker in Roseville. 

May 2: “Writing Through Grief” by Elizabeth Johnson. Elizabeth is a nurse and nurse educator whose daughter was killed in a car accident at college. 

May 9: “Myths of Grief” by Norine Larson. Norine was in charge of the Trust Grief Group in the south Mpls. area for many years. 

May 16: “Navigating Life After Loss” by Erin Hente. Erin worked in Financial Services, lost her husband, Andy, has 3 children and is a life coach.


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