Grief Support

Local Resources 

We offer bereavement services for the families we serve. In addition, we have provided some helpful grief support links below: 

Local Support Group

for more information on our local support group, please visit: 

Additional Resources

The Compassionate Friends: Central MN
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. (320) 632-5858


National Cancer Institute - Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss - This site describes loss, grief, and bereavement; the stages of grief; and methods for coping with grief. Includes information on anticipatory and complicated grief. Also includes sections on children and grief.


National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-228-6332
Web site:

Grief resources and funeral planning information


Web site for adults:
Web site for children:

Offers online groups for grief support, with a special sub-site for children


Books for Adults:

"Healing Your Grieving Heart 100 Practical Ideas" by Alan Wolfelt
This book offers 100 practical here-and-now suggestions for helping yourself mourn so that you may live well and love well again.


On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss
--by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

Books for Children:

"The Gift of a Memory" by Marianne Richmond (Waldman House Press, Inc., 2000)
This picture book focuses on the general loss of a special life. Appropriate for all ages 10 years . The book includes beautiful artwork on each page, a legacy page, and a journal page, inviting friends and family to record memories.

"The Next Place" by Warren Hanson (Waldman House Press, Inc., 1997)
This picture book is a celebration of life and the journey to everlasting life. The topic is general loss of a loved one. Appropriate for all ages, 8 years .

"When Someone Very Special Dies" by Marge Heegaard (Woodland Press, 1988)
This is a book for children, 6-12 years, designed to teach children about death. In this book children are encouraged to draw pictures to illustrate their own story, recognize and express emotions, and communicate openly. This book helps adults realize the unhealthy misunderstandings a child may have about death. 

Crisis, Grief and Healing, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.


Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality.  The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.

Grief and Loss   

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.

Growth House  

Growth House is an award-winning website that offers international resources for life-threatening illnesses and end of life care. The site features hypertext topic pages that explain major issues across the spectrum of hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, grief, death with dignity, and quality improvement. It also offers disease-specific guides, an online bookstore, and even their own radio station.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization   

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.

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