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Frequently Asked Questions

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We meet year-round every Thursday except holidays from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

It does not matter when you lost your loved one.  We know grief does not have a timetable.  Whether it was 5 years ago or 5 months ago, whether you're new to grief or not, if you are grieving you are welcome.  If you know someone who is grieving please tell them about us.

My husband died 5 years ago.  Is that too long ago?  May I still join your group?

We are a joint effort of 15 West Suburban Area Churches.  Click here to see a list of our Member Churches.

Who are your sponsors?

There is no cost to join and meeting attendance is free.  However, we gratefully accept any voluntary offerings made to offset the cost of refreshments.

Are there costs or fees to attend?

Our facilitators are not therapists.  They are volunteers trained to facilitate support groups who have experienced the loss of a loved one and traveled the path of grief. 


Training and supervision of facilitators is provided by Levang and Associates, Inc., a mental health clinic located in St. Louis Park, MN, 952-541-4799.


Sessions are intended to complement, not replace, professional care.

Who are your facilitators?

Breakout Groups are smaller groups of participants facilitated by volunteers trained in support group facilitation where participants share their thoughts, feelings and experiences and help each other heal.  Groups are made up of those who share a common loss.


  • Spouse/Partner Loss - for those who have lost a husband, wife, partner, or significant other.
  • Child Loss - for those who have lost a son or daughter.
  • Other Family Member and Friends Loss - for those who have lost a mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, other family member or dear friend.

How are the Breakout Groups organized?

How do I participate in your support group?

You may come to a meeting and join the group at any time and attend for as long as you need us.

4:00-4:30pm - Optional Free Time for Registration, Refreshments & Socalizing
4:30-5:00pm - Devotions & Speaker
5:00-6:00pm - Grief Breakout Sessions

When do you meet?

A number of our centrally located Member Churches rotate the hosting of our meetings every 3 months.

Where do you meet?

All adults are welcome.

Who may participate in the group?

Grief is an emotional roller coaster.  It is overwhelming, difficult, challenging and confusing.  Although it is certainly possible to grieve alone, learning from and being with others who understand and who have also suffered a loss is healing, comforting and consoling.

Why should I attend?

We are a non-denominational, combined effort of 15 west suburban churches intended to help adults suffering from the loss of a loved one.

What is the West Suburban Grief Coalition?

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We are non-denominational and no church or religious affiliation is required.  All adults are welcome to attend regardless of background or religion. 

Must I belong to one of your Member Churches?