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


Support Groups

This virtual monthly gathering on Zoom is for women who have experienced the death of their spouse or significant other. Get together for conversation, camaraderie and support.

You will receive the Zoom link after registering.

Support Groups

This six-week virtual (Zoom) yoga course on Tuesdays is recommended for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Combining the benefits of a support group with gentle movements, breathing practices and meditation, this course offers you tools to relieve physical, mental, social and spiritual symptoms of grief. The emphasis of this class will be on using yoga to help you create a safe space for grief and connect with your deepest selves in a compassionate way, rather than focusing on physical exercise.

Classes are led by Michele Hoffman, yoga therapist, Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine & Health, and Kathy Bang, social worker, Hospice.

Support Groups
Mankato, MN

A grief support group for women who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant other.

This grief support group is led by widows and offers an opportunity to learn about grief, share experiences and find healing and hope from your loss. No registration is necessary.

For more information call the Hospice office at 507-594-2989.

In-person meetings cancelled until further notice. 

This cancellation is in line with precautions advised by the Centers for Disease Control to limit possible transmission of COVID-19, and to keep our campuses safe for our patients and staff.


Support Groups

This four-week virtual series via Zoom explores grief as a natural process following the death of a loved one.

Sessions include an educational topic and a time to share common experiences with others:

  • Week 1 (May 20) — Grief 101
  • Week 2 (May 27) — Common Reactions to Grief
  • Week 3 (June 3) — Memories and Special Days
  • Week 4 (June 10) — Ways of Coping

You will be sent the Zoom link for the sessions after registering.

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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 someone you love. Holidays — a time of family togetherness, traditions, joy and thankfulness — can suddenly bring sadness, loss and a feeling of emptiness. It’s a time when your senses are confronted with sights, sounds and smells that can trigger memories of the past, resulting in a renewed sense of personal grief.

December 24, 2015