Grief

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

June

Support Groups
Eau Claire, WI In Person

This in-person monthly gathering is for informal conversation, camaraderie and support for women after the death of a spouse or significant other.

No food or drink is allowed in the conference room.

We also offer a women's virtual Common Bonds Grief Support group.

July

Support Groups
Virtual

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

You will receive the Zoom link after registering.

We also offer a women's in-person Common Bonds Grief Support group

October

Youth & Family Programs
Madison Lake, 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.

Register by Sept. 27 by completing a registration form for each child using the "Register" link.

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.

Hometown Health Blog

Grief and loss throughout the holiday season

The holidays can be a time of joy and also a time of grief for lost loved ones. Understanding how grief affects you can help provide a sense of empowerment to navigate the holiday season.

November 28, 2022

The space between grief and growth

Growth isn't easy, requiring pain along with joy. Discover why working through grief brings the opportunity to experience healing, peace and growth.

Jennifer Larson LaRue By Jennifer Larson LaRue November 23, 2022

Offering support to the grieving

Feelings of traumatic grief are complex and challenging, with emotional and physical reactions. This Q&A will help you support someone who is grieving, by understanding the nuances of grief.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf October 31, 2022

Cal lives on through books for grieving parents, families

Cal Sharpsteen was stillborn at 38 weeks, but he lives on through "Cal's Corner," a cart filled with books donated by his parents for other grieving families who have lost a child.

June 10, 2022

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

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

Currents of grief: Finding balance through the holiday season

When a significant person in your life has died, it may feel as though your center of gravity has been upended. Reactions may be even more prominent given the changing seasons and approaching holidays.

November 9, 2017

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

When grief goes unacknowledged

The holidays can be a difficult time for many, especially if you are dealing with unacknowledged grief.

December 22, 2016

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

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

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