Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Grief

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It will be unique to you, depending on your own personality and circumstances.

May

Support Groups
Virtual

This virtual monthly gathering on Zoom is for informal conversation, camaraderie and support for men after the death of a spouse or significant other.

You will receive the Zoom link after registering.

Also available is a women's Common Bonds Grief Support group.

October

Special Event
Mankato, MN In-person

Camp Oz is a daylong grief camp for children in grades 1–12 who have experienced the death of someone in their life. Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice offers Camp Oz for free, thanks to generous donations.

Activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Fun and games
  • Music
  • Play
  • Small-group time to share about grief and loss

Camp participants can make new friends who have also experienced loss.

A family member or guardian is required to attend the closing ceremony at the end of the day.

Click the Register button to access the registration paperwork. Registrations will be accepted through Sept. 23.

Interested in volunteering?

Many caring volunteers are needed to help make this day possible, including those with a mental health background. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jeanne Petroske-Atkinson, Hospice, at atkinson.jeanne@mayo.edu.

About Camp OZ

Camp Oz was named and modeled after the film "The Wizard of Oz" because grief parallels so many aspects of the movie. Grief is like a tornado. It rips apart and makes a mess of people's lives.

Like the Lion, children need courage to face grief. Like the Scarecrow, grief causes children to have a foggy brain. Like the Tin Man, it may feel like children's hearts are ripped out, and they just want to feel whole again. Like Dorothy, children may feel lost and want to go "home again." The journey of grief takes children down a road of many twists and turns, but eventually, it can lead to healing and acceptance.

From The Blog

Heart cookie ornaments

Grief during the holidays: Finding hope

The holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year when you have experienced the death of a loved one. Get tips for working through your grief and instructions on how to make a keepsake ornament.

December 1, 2021
Tealight candles

Grief and loss throughout the holiday season

The holidays can be a time of joy as well as a time of grief for lost loved ones. Understanding how grief and change affects you can help provide a needed sense of empowerment.

December 15, 2020
Fingers dripping water onto a plant

The space in between grief and growth

Growth is never easy, and it almost always requires pain along with joy. It is in the space between joy and sorrow that our hearts are strengthened and our bonds renewed.

November 6, 2020
Dandelions white fluff seeds

Seeking support when grieving

Grief often means change and loss for the way things were. If you have experienced the death of a loved one, this is the hardest kind of grief and change to work through.

August 20, 2019
fbBlog_grief17

The nature of grief: Lessons in loss and life

In the past several years, my family and I have watched many changes take place in our neighborhood. Most significantly, the road outside our house needed to be replaced. With the death of a loved one, we often face a similar change in landscape.

June 9, 2017
Blog_artTher

Art to heal the human heart

Time can be hard to measure. We often measure our lives in the tasks and accomplishments of everyday life — a pace of business, providing us with momentum and a feeling of control. In between the noise of the day, quiet moments remind us of those we love and what we have lost.

September 28, 2016
Blog_grief

What is normal when I'm grieving?

Grief is a normal process of adapting that everyone moves through differently. There's no right or wrong way to do it. Know what's normal and when to get help.

June 30, 2016
Blog_350x350

Grief during the holidays

During the holiday season, it's important to recognize this can be a difficult time for those who have experienced loss in the recent months or years. Learn how to cope with the grief.

December 18, 2015