"Making it Through the Holidays" Community Grief Seminar
As you already know, facing the holidays after the death of a loved one can be a very difficult experience. We understand this and would like to let you and your family know about program designed to help families deal with the additional stresses of the holiday season. Paul Johnson, grief counselor and former faculty member of Bethel University, will share several practical suggestions for getting through the holidays. We normally offer this program in person, but this year the program will be available to watch on our website anytime from November 14th until December 31st. In addition, a special brass ornament engraved with the name of your loved one will made for you. We will provide one ornament in memory of each loved one and will mail it to you with a handout Paul uses in the program. If you wish to order more, you may do so. All orders must be received by December 8th if you would like them completed in time for Christmas.
We hope that you will find this program to be helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to call. To order the Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one, call Cambridge at 763-689-2070 or Isanti at 763-444-5212.
STAR is a program offered to families of children attending the services of a grandparent, parent, classmate, or loved one who has died.
It is a sensitive, caring approach to explaining the funeral process through stories, pictures, discussion, peer support, a craft activity and a STAR message.
We also have a special children’s room that provides a safe place to play so parents can reminisce and share memories.
For more information or to make arrangements for this class, please ask us for details.
Being Prepared: Personal Arrangement Guide No one knows what your wishes are unless you make them known. That's true in life and in death. By pre-planning your funeral arrangements, you make a most difficult time a little easier for your loved ones. It is hard enough to deal with a loss without wondering if you've made the best decisions. This pre-planning guide is designed to help outline your preferences as well as organize other important information.
As a service to the community, we offer publications on issues surrounding grief. Below is a partial list of booklets available. These booklets are complementary to families in our extended community. For those outside of our community we provide the booklets at the actual cost. Contact funeral home for pricing info. These materials may also be ordered by request, by sending an e-mail.
"Don't take my grief away from me"
by Doug Manning
Doug's warm, conversational sytle takes the reader through all the emotions and experiences that accompany the death of a loved one. The first section of the book deals with the first few days after a death and then picks up the grief journey and provides guidance and hope for healing.
"Share My Lonesome Valley"
by Doug Manning
In long-term care, the caregiver can become overwhelmed and tired with very little opportunity to realize or reconcile the gradual losses that take place. This takes a toll on the caregiver, the family and the patient. Doug Manning outlines these issues and gently provides opportunities for the caregiver to deal with the "quiet sorrows" that make this type of caregiving a difficult task.
"Building Memories - Planning A Meaningful Funeral"
by Doug Manning
An excellent resource for planning a meaningful funeral service. This book is often used in pre-planning and is accompanied by a "Being Prepared" guide, cost examples and pre-funding information.
"When Love Gets Tough - the Nursing Home Decision"
by Doug Manning
Manning walks an individual or family through the emotional process of making long-term care decisions and help them understand how to live with the choices they make.
"Lean on Me Gently - Helping the Grieving Child"
by Doug Manning
This book provide answers and assurances regarding children in grief. It addresses the things that children in grief need and the pitfalls that adults often fall into.
"Being a Friend to someone who is Grieving... what you can do and say"
by Barbara Moore and Dennis Williams
The authors of this book give insightful thought and suggestions for helping a grieving friend.
In addition, we also have several other books and videotapes available for check-out. For more information or if you have any questions, please call us, stop by, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Support Groups:
GriefShare, a grief recovery support group.
GriefShare course at First Baptist Church - 12 week course on Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, beginning August 16, 2022 and ending November 1, 2022 in the Fireside Room with Steve and Judy Tunell. There is no cost for the sessions, but there will be a workbook available for $20 which is very helpful. For any questions or to register, please call the church office at 763-689-1173.
The Compassionate Friends Grief - support after the death of a child. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive: www.compassionatefriends.org
Grief Support Group, Cambridge Medical Center, 701 S. Dellwood, Cambridge, MN 55008. An 8-week program offered to those who feel the pain and loss of losing a loved one due to death, facilitated by the Bereavement Coordinator at Cambridge Medical Center. No Fee. For dates and location of next meetings call 763-689-7700 ext. 1338 or 1-800-252-4133.
Quiet Heart Music - Featuring Yamaha recording artist, Henry A. Wiens. Quiet Heart Music offers personalized piano solo CDs that are specially suitable as sympathy or get well gifts. www.quietheartmusic.com
Department of Veterans Affairs - www.va.gov
Social Security Online - www.ssa.gov
The American Hospice Foundation - www.americanhospice.org
Hospice Care Learn about hospice care and programs, read excerpts from hospice publications, order books and videos and learn about the annual bereavement teleconference which is co-sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America and The Compassionate Friends: www.hospicefoundation.org
National SIDS Resource Center Provides information services and technical assistance on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and related topics: www.sids.org
SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support - SHARE's mission is to serve those who are touched by the tragic death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. Web site offers packet of grief literature, information on local chapters, bi-monthly newsletter, resources: www.nationalshare.org
Center for Loss and Life Transition A series of articles written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Information available at www.centerforloss.com
Grief Recovery Institute The Institute, an internationally recognized authority, provides programs for The Compassionate Friends, The National SIDS Foundation, The National AIDS Network , The University of California at Irvine, Chapman University, and many others: www.grief-recovery.com
Willowgreen is a leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality: www.willowgreen.com