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.

Current Session

Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30
March 28 - May 16, 2019
Pax Christi Catholic Community
12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Jean Thoresen, Director of Care & Support
952-941-3150

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
Gathering

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
Education

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.

 

Southwest
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
612-207-7299

St. Andrew Lutheran Church
13600 Technology Drive|
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Pastor Peter Johnson
952-937-2776

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

8201 Main Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Diane Potts, Pastoral Minister
952-374-5049

Eden Prairie United Methodist Church
15050 Scenic Heights Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Pastor Dan Schneider-Bryan
952-937-8781

Family of Christ Lutheran Church
(Fall 2019 Host: Begins Monday, September 30, 2019)
2020 Coulter Boulevard
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Pastor Josh Nelson
952-934-5659

Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Pastor Paul Nelson
952-937-8123

Pax Christi Catholic Community
12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Jean Thoresen, Director of Care & Support
952-941-3150

Schedule

March 28 - When You’re Not Allowed to Talk About It            
Fr. Mike Byron, Pastor, Pax Christi Catholic Community

April 4 - Musical Moments of Hope and Healing                
Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Musical Reflections

April 11 - Blessed Are They Who Mourn             
Fr. Bill Murtaugh, Senior Associate Pastor, Pax Christi Catholic Community

April 18 - No session                    

April 25 - Missing a Grandson
John Reardon, Counselor/Founder, Phoenix Process Consultants                                  

May 2 - Stories of Faith, Hope and Love
Jean Thoresen, Director of Care and Support Ministry, Pax Christi Catholic Community

May 9 - Understanding Grief                
Chaplain Mary Marcoux, Bereavement Professional and Certified Thanatologist
Friendship Village of Bloomington

May 16 - Where Do We Go From Here              
Deacon Al and Chaplain Mary Ellen Schroeder, Pax Christi Catholic Community

Current Session

Pax Christi Catholic Community
Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30
March 28 - May 16, 2019
12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Jean Thoresen, Director of Care & Support
952-941-3150

Fall 2019 Session

Family of Christ Lutheran Church
Begins Monday, September 30, 2019
2020 Coulter Boulevard
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Pastor Josh Nelson
952-934-5659

 

Resources

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)