Southwest Grief Coalition
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A coalition of churches providing faith based grief support in the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Next Session During 2019

Family of Christ Lutheran Church
Begins Monday, September 30, 2019
2020 Coulter Boulevard
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Pastor Kimberly Buffie
952-934-5659 ext. 14

Living and Growing Through Loss

Losing someone we love is one of life’s most challenging passages. Learning about this process of grief, along with sharing our experience in a caring, supportive, and confidential setting, helps us to cope and leads to personal growth and healing.

The churches of the Southwest Grief Coalition are working together to provide support and educa­tion for those who are grieving.

Our Purpose

To provide an opportunity for individuals to obtain information, support, and a welcoming community for grief issues following the loss of a loved one.

We encourage you to attend the entire series.

Session Format

5:30 - 6:00 pm

Each evening a free and simple dinner is served for participants to ease transitions amid the busy day and provide an informal setting for gathering with fellow participants.

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Each session contains both an education segment and a time for sharing in small groups. Each week a speaker will present a topic to help participants understand the bereavement process.

6:30 - 7:30
Small groups*

People experiencing similar losses will have the opportunity to meet in small groups to share concerns and feelings following the speaker. These groups include: loss of a spouse/partner, loss of a parent, loss of a child, loss of family member/friend, suicide survivors.

*Small groups are facilitated by those who are trained in the grief process and group dynamics. Many have experienced the death of a loved one.

Upcoming Schedule

September 30 - Lindsey Wimmer, CPNP Exec. Director, Star Legacy Foundation ---“Grief is Not One Size Fits All”

October 7 - Donna Mathiowtz, Speaker and Author, Unfinished by Design, LLC—“Which Way Do I Turn?”

October 14 - Amanda Markle Author, Bereavement Parent ---“It’s Ok to Feel That Way”  

October 21 - Jeff Falkingham, “Somethin’ You Gotta Get Thru”

October 28 - Jean Thoreson, SWGC Board Member, Pax Christi, —"Stories of Faith , Hope and Love”

November 4 - Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Musical Reflections---"Musical Moments of Faith and Healing” (she plays the harp)

November 11 - Pastor Peter Johnson, Pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran, SWGC Board Member—"People Can Say the Dumbest Things”


Grief Coalition Sponsors

An interdenominational association of local churches working together to offer grief support to our community.

Partner Congregations

Prairie Lutheran Church
11000 Blossom Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Kris Miner

St. Andrew Lutheran Church
13600 Technology Drive|
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Pastor Peter Johnson

St. Hubert Catholic Community
Winter 2020 Host: Begins
Thursday, January 16, 2020)

8201 Main Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Diane Potts, Pastoral Minister

Eden Prairie United Methodist Church
15050 Scenic Heights Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Pastor Mary Jo Messenbrink

Family of Christ Lutheran Church
(Fall 2019 Host: Begins Monday, September 30, 2019)
2020 Coulter Boulevard
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Pastor Kimberly Buffie
952-934-5659 ext. 14

Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Pastor Paul Nelson

Pax Christi Catholic Community
12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Jean Thoresen, Director of Care & Support

Winter 2020 Session

St. Hubert Catholic Community
Begins Thursday, January 16, 2020
8201 Main Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Diane Potts, Pastoral Minister



For more information on grief

Allina Health Grief Resources (comprehensive online grief support including crisis hotlines, support groups, excellent recommended reading lists for all ages)