Bereavement support groups, grief education and events
The death of a child is both heart-breaking and life-changing. Children’s Minnesota offers programs intended to give comfort and support to families during the first year and beyond. Support Groups provide a safe space where family members can talk about their child, and connect and share support with others who have experienced a similar loss. Grief Education Programs offer families the opportunity to learn, explore and gain some understanding about a variety grief topics. Grief related events offer families the chance to participate in a gathering where their child and other children will be remembered.
Grief education programs, support groups, and grief events all offer reassurance that grief is a normal reaction to the deep and profound loss experienced when a child dies. These programs provide an opportunity for emotional connection, during a time when many families describe feelings of isolation. Additionally, each setting is designed to be comfortable and safe, allowing a space where powerful emotions can be experienced and released.
Joining a support group can be very helpful for a variety of reasons. Parents tell us that support groups:
- Offer them a place to talk about their child in a safe setting
- Connect with other bereaved parents to get and give support
- Give reassurance that their grief is a normal reaction to their deep sense of loss
Support groups also can be helpful to children and teens because it helps them see that they are not alone, that there are other kids just like them who are grieving.
Bereaved Parent Support Group at Children’s Minnesota
The Bereaved Parent Support Group is for bereaved parents and guardians and offers an opportunity for parents to meet with, and receive support from, other parents who are also experiencing a grief journey. Many parents find comfort in being with others who know and appreciate the intense grief that comes when a child dies. During group, parents will have the option to share their feelings, thoughts, and concerns. You are welcome to participate as you feel comfortable. There will be no pressure to talk—we understand the value of simply gathering together.
This group is designed for parents who have experienced the death of a child from infancy through age 21.
The group will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meeting location will alternate every other month between Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Meeting time is from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This group is free of charge. Check out the schedule below for the next group meeting.