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.

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


Grief Support Group (Fairview Hospice)
This group is open to all grieving a loss. Come for a time of sharing, support, and education about grief and loss.
First Monday of the month, January 6th, February 3rd, March 2nd; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairview Oxboro Clinic, Lower Level Superior Room, 600 W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN
For more information, please contact Holly at 952-885-6183

Grief Support Group (HealthEast Hospice)
This group is open to all who are grieving a loss.
Second and Fourth Tuesdays (twice per month); 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Woodwinds Hospital, Room B1, 1925 Woodwinds Dr. Woodbury, MN
For more information or to register, please call 651-232-3543 or email griefsupportservices@healtheast.org

Spouse Loss Grief Support Group (HealthEast Hospice)
Tuesdays, January 28 – February 25, 2020; 12:00 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.Path of Grace United Methodist Church, 759 County Rd B East Maplewood, MN
This group is intended for people grieving the death of their spouse or significant other.
For questions or to register, call 651-232-3543 or email griefsupportservices@healtheast.org

Spouse/Partner Loss Grief Support Group (Fairview Hospice)
Fridays, February 14th, 21st and 28th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Martin Luther Care Center, 1401 East 100th Street Bloomington, MN 55425
RSVP to Naomi nward@fairview.org or 952-885-6197

Spouse Loss Group (Fairview Hospice)
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

General Grief 101 (Fairview Hospice)

Friday, January 24th; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairview Oxboro Clinic, 2nd floor Agate Room
600 W 98th Street Bloomington, MN 55420

OR

Monday, January 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairview Hospice 110 6th Ave. S. Princeton, MN

Open to all who are grieving a loss. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, it is often helpful to see the support of others. This group will allow members to reflect on grief and loss and receive grief education and support. Learn how to better understand what grief is and how to cope with the stress of grieving.
RSVP to Naomi, 952-885-6197

Parent Loss: Coffee and Conversation
Monday, February 3, 2020; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Woodwinds Hospital, Room B, 1925 Woodwinds Drive, Woodbury, MN
This is a time for you to talk about what is on your mind with others who are grieving the loss of a parent. Grief can be difficult, but exploring it with others who understand can help. Grief education and ideas about how to cope with the loss of a parent will be discussed.
For questions or to register, call 651-232-3543 or email griefsupportservices@healtheast.org

Restorative Writing
Mondays, March 2 – 30, 2020; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 1660 County Road B West, Roseville, MN
Safely explore your feelings of grief through writing. You will be guided through specific prompts to find renewed ways of viewing your grief journey.
For questions or to register, call 651-232-3543 or email griefsupportservices@healtheast.org

Create a Toolkit for Self-Care
Monday, March 9th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fairview Oxboro Clinic, Lower Level Superior Room
98th Street Bloomington, MN 55420

OR

Friday, March 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fairview Hospice, 110 6th Ave S. Princeton, MN
How many times have you been given advice since the loss of your loved one to make sure you are “taking care of yourself”? And have you wondered, how the heck can I do that when I am just so sad? Don’t do it alone, join us to create a self-care tool kit for grief survival. Together, we will craft practical, easy ways to take care of yourself during this difficult time.
RSVP to 952-885-6197

Journaling to Heal the Heart-Email Class
March 2, 9, 16, 23
Each Monday you will receive email journal prompts that will help you engage in your grief through journaling. Journaling can be a powerful tool for expressing grief and creating a new normal after the death of a loved one. To sign up, please call Holly at 952-885-6183 or email hgamach1@fairview.org

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.