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.
“Making it Through the Holidays” Community Grief Seminar
Tuesday, November 21 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Strike Life Tributes
720 – 1st Ave East, Cambridge
Facing the holidays as a grieving individual can be both overwhelming and seemingly impossible to deal with. We would like to invite all families to share in an evening program designed to give practical suggestions on how to cope with the additional stresses of the holiday season.
The seminar will be held by Paul Johnson, nationally known speaker on grief issues and former faculty member of Bethel University. A special Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one will also be available for those who pre-register. We will provide one remembrance ornament in memory of each loved one whose family we have served the past year and to other families who pre-register by November 10th. An ornament is available in memory of each loved one even if your family was not served by our funeral home. Additional ornaments will be available through early December.
To pre-register for this 23rd annual seminar and order the Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one, call Cambridge at 763-689-2070 or Isanti at 763-444-5212.
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. Arrangement Guide (PDF File)
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.
“Planning a Meaningful Cremation Funeral”
by Doug Manning
“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:
The Care Community, blogging site to share your thoughts, read blogs of others or to find answers to your questions.
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.
Grief Support Group, Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Adult Program: An ongoing program held every Monday night (except holidays) from 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Registration is not required and there is no fee. Enter 1st floor lobby area and look for signs directing you to the meeting location.
Childrens Program: Held periodically and there is no fee. Call for next session.
For additional information call Mercy Hospital Social Services at 763-236-8050.
Compassionate Friends: Death of a Child Meetings held at Glen Cary Lutheran Church, 15531 Central Ave. NE, Ham Lake, MN. Contact Carol Beal for information 763-434-8537.
Healing Quilt is a comprehensive program offering bereavement services to families in the Children’s of Minnesota system after the death of their child. It is intended to give comfort and support for families for the first year and beyond. Web site.
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
GriefNet An internet community consisting of more than 35 e-mail support groups and two Web sites. Our integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds. Our companion site, KIDSAID, provides a safe environment for kids and their parents to find information and ask questions: www.rivendell.org
Groww A nonprofit internet site offering a wide variety of grief and bereavement resources: www.groww.com
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
MISS Mothers in Sympathy and Support, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization committed to providing emergency support to parents after the death of their baby: stillbirth, neonatal death, premature birth, congenital anomalies, SIDS, and any child’s death: www.misschildren.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.nationalshareoffice.com
SOS Survivors of Suicide – A directory of SOS chapters, excerpts from their quarterly newsletter and suggestions for suicide survivors are available at this site: www.suicidology.org/survivorsofsuicide.htm
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
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