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 brgriefcoalition.com for additional information.
Spring 2023 Series is taking place at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (901 East 90th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420)
March 30 - Mary 18, 2023
March 30: “Growing Through Multiple Loss”
Presented by Julie Ditzler, who has experienced the loss of a sibling and addresses grief due to multiple losses.
April 6: HOLY WEEK (no meeting)
April 13: “How Families Grieve”
Presented by Mary Anne Kelly-Wright, Mary Anne is a grief counselor and pastoral minister from Richfield.
April 20: “Where Are We Now?”
Presented by Lizz Clevang. Lizz Clevang is a psychotherapist and facilitator trainer.
April 27: “Navigating Life After Loss”
Presented by Erin Hente. Erin lost her husband, Andy, and has 3 children. She is also a board member for Brighter Days Family Grief Center and a certified life coach.
May 4: “How to Go Back to Familiar Places”
Presented by Rev. Kenneth DeFor. Rev. DeFor is a retired pastor who lives in Bloomington.
May 11: “Myths of Grief”
Presented by Norine Larson. Norine is now retired, and formerly was in charge of the TRUST Grief Group in the South Minneapolis area for many years.
May 18: “Finding a Place for Joy in the Grief Journey”
Presented by Dale Swan. Dale is a humorist and author of the book, “Hospice Hope.”