Local Support Groups

2017 "Grief Care Group" Series:

This grief support group is intended to address the needs of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a non-denominational grief education program. There is no charge to participate.

South Washington County Senior Center
8400 E. Pt. Douglas Road S.
Cottage Grove, MN

1st and 3rd Mondays of month from 6:30-8:00 pm
(Except for summer months – 1st Monday)

2nd - New Years Day : No Meeting
16th - Rev. Dr. Jules Erickson : “Grief in the Family System”  CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

6th - Sara Lassig : “Emotions as you Grieve”
20th - Sue Vento : “Tips for Tough Days”


6th  - Paul Johnson MSW : “Transformational Nature of Grief”
20th - Sue Heuer : “Grief – How it Impacts Us”


3rd - Chaplain Gary Mueller : “Misconceptions of Grief - You aren’t Going Crazy”
17th – Beth Bergstedt MSW, LICSW  : “Skills & Techniques to Address Anxiety Symptoms”


1st - Paul Johnson MSW : “Characteristics of Grief”
15th - Diane Dettmann : “Growing through Grief”


5th – Sue Heuer : “Loss of Dreams”

3rd – Dick & Donna Mathiowetz : “Moving On?”


7th – Summer Event


4th - Labor Day : No Meeting
18th - Rev. Dr. Jules Erickson : “Grief in the Family System”


2nd - Brenda DeMotte PhD, MSW : “Grief Demystified”
16th - Brenda DeMotte PhD, MSW : “Finding Balance”


6th – Pastor Bryan Olson : “Gratitude in Grief”
20th – Video Presentation : “Help for the Holidays”


4th – Holiday Event
18th - Christmas : No Meeting

The program provides
  • A variety of speakers and video presentations exploring several topics regarding the grief journey.
  • Information about grief and the grief process.
  • An opportunity to express your questions, concerns and feelings about death, loss and grief.
  • Small group discussion in a safe, caring environment. It will allow you the opportunity to connect with others who can relate to this experience.
  • Reading materials and resources will be available on the subjects discussed.

For more information or to sign up: Call 651-459-2483 or email Lara Shea at lara@kokfuneral.com


Hastings Area Grief Support

This group provides weekly topics that promote reflections on the grief experience with guest speakers to share professional and first hand knowledge followed by small group discussion.

2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month
6:00-7:30 pm
Tilden Community Center
310 River Street
Hastings, MN 55033
Contact: Donna Mathiowetz 651-983-0135


‘Grief Share’ Support Meetings

This is a 14-week support group series for those grieving the loss of someone close. It offers a Christian perspective as a nondenominational gathering that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Included in each meeting - video sessions from top experts, discussion of workbook materials and small group sharing.

Churches in the area that offer Grief Share Sessions-

    • Crossroads Church - 5900 Woodbury Drive; Woodbury, MN 651-294-7700
    • Five Oaks Community Church - 4416 Radio Drive; Woodbury, MN 651-459-7485

For a full listing of churches hosting these meetings go to www.griefshare.org


The Compassionate Friends

This group offers support to families who have experienced the death of a son or daughter, a brother or sister or grandchild. They understand that when a child dies, no matter the age the family experiences intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. Group support meetings are offered as listed below, quarterly newsletters and a helpful website at www.stpaulcompassionatefriends.org

TCF - St. Paul Chapter Meetings

2nd Thursday of each month
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Beaver Lake Lutheran Church
2280 Stillwater Avenue
Maplewood, MN
Contact: Cathy 651-459-9341 / Sandy 763-228-2393