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There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they are gone, the light remains.

Debbie Swanson, Coordinator

Bereavement & Grief Support

Grief is a normal and universal response to losing someone we love.

Our Lady of Peace is committed to supporting hospice patients and their caregivers through the bereavement and grief journey—from the time of admission and up to 13 months following the death of a loved one. All bereavement services are offered free of charge unless indicated otherwise.

Our Lady of Peace Bereavement Services include the following:

  • —One on One support: offered either in person, by phone, or via email
  • —Supportive calls, cards and memorial rose
  • —Support groups at Our Lady of Peace and within the community
  • —Educational workshops
  • —Quarterly e-newsletters
  • —Annual memorial celebrations including Butterfly Release

Upcoming Events

  1. Drop-in Support Group: Wednesday Evenings

    July 18 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
  2. Drop-in Support Group: Wednesday Evenings

    August 1 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Helpful Resources

The following resources have been selected by our Bereavement staff as helpful sources of support and information.

General Online Resources for Grief:

American Cancer Society
Allina Grief Resources
Fairview Youth Grief Services
Center for Loss
The Dougy Center Grief Resources
Allina's List of Books for Grieving Adults
Open to Hope
Mindfulness and Grief
Modern Loss
Widow Might
Widowed Parent

Blogs About Grief:

What's Your Grief
Hello Grief


Terrible, Thanks for Asking (American Public Media)

Not every resource will be effective for every individual. The pages, blogs, audio, video, and/or books posted here are external resources and do not necessarily reflect the views of Our Lady of Peace. Please contact a member of Bereavement staff with any suggestions or concerns regarding a specific resource.

Grief Library

General Reading on Grief

Grollman, Earl. Living When a Loved One Has Died.
Reeves, Nancy. A Path Through Loss.
Westberg, Granger. Good Grief: A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss.

Loss of a Spouse

Felber, Marta. Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies.
First Mennonite Church. When Your Spouse Has Died: A Guide for the Bereaved.
Wylie, Betty Jane. Beginnings: A Book for Widows.

Loss of a Parent

Akner, Lois. How to Survive the Loss of a Parent.
Chetnik, Neil. Father Loss.
Edelman, Hope. Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss.

Loss of a Child

McCracken, Anne. A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies.
Wezeman, Phyllis Vos. Finding Your Way After Your Child Dies.

Grieving Children and Teens

Brown, Laurene Krasny and Brown, Marc. When Dinosaurs Die.
Mundy, Micheline. Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss.
Varley, Susan. Badger’s Parting Gifts.

Supporting Someone Who is Grieving

Kolf, June Cerza. How Can I Help? How to Support Someone Who is Grieving.
Linn, Erin. I Know Just How You Feel: Avoiding the Cliches of Grief.
Wolfelt, Alan. Healing the Grieving Heart: 101 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends, and Caregivers.

For those Helping a Grieving Child or Teen

Colorosa, Barbara. Parenting with With and Wisdom in Times of Chaos and Loss.
Fitzgerald, Helen. The Grieving Teen: A Parent’s Guide.
Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth. On Children and Death.


For further reading, see Allina Health's resource list.

Community Connections

*Allina Health maintains a large database of grief groups around the greater Twin Cities area. Many organizations are represented, including all of Our Lady of Peace offerings.  This is a great resource to find assistance in other parts of the metro area or at other times that may be more convenient for you.


*CAREGIVER support.


*Parenting as a widow: