Grief Resources

Fairview Hospice and HealthEast Hospice are joining forces to provide grief support to patients, families, and the community at large. Our bereavement teams have experience working with adults, teens, and children to help them through the grief journey. Support is available both before and after a loved one's death.

After the patient's death, we continue to stay in contact with the family for 13 months. We understand that each person's grief and needs are unique. Bereavement staff and volunteers make periodic phone calls to families to offer emotional support. Mailings providing information about upcoming events as well as newsletters and noteworthy topics related to the grief process are available to those who wish to receive communication in this manner. Educational workshops, support groups, and memorial events are offered in the community throughout the year. Individual and family grief counseling is also available.

Worldwide, we are living in an uncertain time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the midst of grieving primary and secondary losses while navigating our daily lives in a whole new way. These collective and individual upheavals and changes bring forward a variety of mixed emotions that may cycle continuously. This collective vulnerability can serve as a reminder to step into our individual bravery and kindness. It is a time to sink deeper into compassion for oneself and others. It is a time to allow the quality of grace to soothe the ever-present awkwardness of fear and on-going grief. Trust in your resiliency and ability to know yourself at an even deeper level as we all move through this time of massive shifting.

For information on grief and loss help, please contact us:

Twin Cities Metro area: (Fairview) 612-728-2455 / (HealthEast) 651-232-3543
Fairview Lakes area: 651-257-8850 or 1-800-314-3328
Princeton area: 763-389-1923; toll-free 800-285-5647
Or e-mail us at griefresources@fairview.org or griefsupportservices@healtheast.org

Links to helpful grief resources:

General grief and loss information
Children’s grief
Helpful advice from those who have experienced a loss
Grief-related websites

Fairview Youth Grief Services

We know that both youth and parents need support in times of grief. Fairview Youth Grief Services offers a range of services including a grief support series. It provides youth with a safe place to freely express grief. The series also offers support and education for parents. Visit Fairview Youth Grief Services for more information.

Support programs and classes

Upcoming Support Groups


***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan is for groups to be held virtually (via phone or video technology). Specific instructions for accessing these support sessions will be provided to those who sign up.

Spouse Loss Support Group
You are invited to attend a virtual five-week grief support group for people who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant other. Group members will have opportunities to reflect on grief and receive grief education & support.
Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21 & 28, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
To register, call 651-232-3543

General Grief Support Group
Join bereavement counselors and other grievers for a weekly space to share your story and receive support.
Wednesdays, Oct. 14 - Dec. 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration is required for each session. Meeting link will be given to all registered participants before each meeting.
RSVP: Naomi at nward3@fairview.org or 952-885-6197.

Grief Conversation: Coping with Grief at the Holidays
Adults grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome to join this grief education and support session. We will discuss coping strategies for the holiday season. Session will be held virtually.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
To register, call 651-232-3543

Spouse Loss Group
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Archbishop Romero House, 38725 Forest Blvd. North Branch, MN 55056
Please call 651-257-8850 for more information or to register.

Upcoming Workshops and Classes


Permission to Mourn  by Tom Zumba –
A Virtual Book Club for Grievers

Join us for a virtual book club for Tom Zumba’s book Permission to Mourn. We will discuss our feelings and reactions to this excellent book. This book can be found at your library or local bookstore. If you are having difficulty getting a copy, please let us know. We will conduct this book club virtually through video conference if you have access or by phone.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
RSVP: Holly at hgamach1@fairview.org or at 952-885-6183.

Grief in the Time of COVID-19
An Educational Session Presented Virtually

Join us for a virtual educational session discussing grief during this unprecedented time in our history.
Friday, Nov. 6, 2020; 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
RSVP: Naomi at nward3@fairview.org or 952-885-6197.
(This session will be recorded for viewing at a later time if you are not able to join live.)

Memorial Events
Each year, we hold memorial events to remember hospice patients who have died during the past year and to honor those who cared for them. Invitations are extended to families.