West Suburban Grief Coalition
We are an all-volunteer organization where grief professionals, former participants and others knowledgeable about the grief process provide education and encouragement to those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Our sessions are intended to complement, not replace, professional care.
Supervision, training and support for the West Suburban Grief Coalition is provided by Levang and Associates, Inc., (952-541-4799) a mental health clinic located in St. Louis Park.
The Coalition's more centrally located Member Churches rotate the hosting of our meetings. Meetings are held every Thursday except holidays from 4:00-6:00pm. We begin with an optional free time period from 4:00‑4:30pm when participants may socialize, enjoy refreshments and browse the books and resources in the group’s library. From 4:30‑5:00pm we have an educational presentation on one of the many and varied aspects of grief and the grieving process given by a grief professional (for example, a therapist, psychologist, hospice coordinator, counselor, chaplain, or pastor), a former participant, or someone else knowledgeable about the grief process, what we go through when a loved one dies and what may help us heal. At 5:00pm we disperse into small breakout discussion groups facilitated by trained volunteers, who have traveled their own grief journey, and where participants may share their feelings and experiences in a safe, caring and confidential setting that offers the hope of healing. Each breakout group is organized around a specific loss, that of a spouse/partner, a child, or other family member or friend.
Meetings are held year-round. They are open to all adults. There is no cost to attend and church affiliation is not necessary. No matter when your loss occurred you are welcome to join the group at any time.
If you are grieving, we hope you will come. If you know of others who are grieving, we hope you will invite them.
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Meetings are Held Every
Thursday Except Holidays
4:00-4:30pm - Free Time Open for Refreshments, Socializing, & 1st time Attendees' Registration
4:30-5:00pm - Devotions & Speaker
5:00-6:00pm - Grief Breakout Sessions.
The West Suburban Grief Coalition is a joint effort of 15 area churches to provide grief support in the west suburban area. Participants learn about the process of grief and share their experiences in a safe, caring and confidential setting that offers the hope of personal growth and healing. We provide ongoing education and grief support groups for grieving adults in an effort to help those suffering from the loss of a loved one. Each week there are learning, healing and growing experiences offered through speakers, videos and breakout sessions.
Coping with the death of a loved one is one of life's most challenging, stressful and difficult experiences. Attempts to deny the confusion and pain of grief can cause despair and loneliness. Know that you do not have to walk your path of grief alone. Each person’s grief is as unique and personal as a fingerprint, and yet grief is universal. We are all experiencing the same feelings of pain, sadness and confusion. Gaining an understanding of the grief process and sharing with other individuals in a caring and supportive atmosphere increases coping skills and leads to personal growth.
Understanding the grief process and the many emotions involved in working through one's grief makes the journey less frightening. The West Suburban Grief Coalition provides a safe, non-threatening environment where people may share and understand feelings of grief and gradually move forward with their lives. The quality and quantity of understanding support you get during your grief journey will have a major influence on your capacity to heal. You cannot—nor should you try to—do this alone. Drawing on the experiences and encouragement of others is not a weakness but a healthy human need. And because mourning is a process that takes place over time, this support must be available months and even years after the death of someone in your life.
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