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Grief

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

March

Support Groups
Mankato, MN In Person

This group is for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Participants will meet once weekly to share stories, explore the process of grief and healing, and find comfort in knowing they are not alone. Hospice Department staff host the group.

This group is limited to 10 participants. Call for more information or to register by March 4.

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

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.

April

Support Groups
Eau Claire, WI In Person

This group meets once a week for four weeks on Mondays and is for those who have suffered the loss of an infant or pregnancy. Participants can find comfort in a safe and supportive space. Attend virtually or in person.

Register for the series by April 8. Additional class details will be provided upon registration.

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

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

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