West Suburban Grief Coalition FH CR FC CH CA

Date(s) - 12/03/2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spirit of Hope UMC


Meetings are Held Every Thursday Except Holidays

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Free Time Open for Refreshments, Socializing, & lst time Attendees’ Registraion

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Devotions & Speaker

5;00 – 6:00 pm – Grief Breakout Sessions

We are an all-volunteer organization where grief professionals, former participants and others knowledgeable about the grief process provide education and encouragement to those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Our sessions are intended to complement, not replace, professional care.

Supervision, training and support for the West Suburban Grief Coalition is provided by Levang and Associates, Inc., (952-541-4799) a mental health clinic located in St. Louis Park.

The Coalition’s more centrally located Member Churches rotate the hosting of our meetings. Meetings are held every Thursday except holidays from 4:00-6:00pm. We begin with an optional free time period from 4:00‑4:30pm when participants may socialize, enjoy refreshments and browse the books and resources in the group’s library. From 4:30‑5:00pm we have an educational presentation on one of the many and varied aspects of grief and the grieving process given by a grief professional (for example, a therapist, psychologist, hospice coordinator, counselor, chaplain, or pastor), a former participant, or someone else knowledgeable about the grief process, what we go through when a loved one dies and what may help us heal. At 5:00pm we disperse into small breakout discussion groups facilitated by trained volunteers, who have traveled their own grief journey, and where participants may share their feelings and experiences in a safe, caring and confidential setting that offers the hope of healing. Each breakout group is organized around a specific loss, that of a spouse/partner, a child, or other family member or friend.

Meetings are held year-round. They are open to all adults. There is no cost to attend and church affiliation is not necessary. No matter when your loss occurred you are welcome to join the group at any time.

If you are grieving, we hope you will come. If you know of others who are grieving, we hope you will invite them.

For more information www.westsuburbangriefmn.org