Bereavement support groups

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

This 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 beginning in August 2017.  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.

Please contact Bereavement Services with questions: bereavement@childrensMN.org or 612-813-7216.

Pregnancy and infant loss support group

This group is offered for those who have experienced a perinatal loss. Meetings are held the second and fourth Monday evening of each month on the St. Paul Campus, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. To register call Annette Klein at 651-241-6206.

Find a support group in your area

Here are three ways to find information about support groups and listings of support groups in your area.

Check these websites:

Search online using the phases listed below plus the name of your community (for example “grief resources, Minneapolis”):

  • Grief support groups
  • Grief resources
  • Children’s grief
  • Bereavement support groups