Upcoming Community Events
All of us need a helping hand now and again. Sometimes life throws us a curve-ball, and we just need a listening ear. Stephen Ministers are here to help. They provide one-on-one care for individuals who are grieving from the loss of a loved one, as well as support for many other areas. For more information visit our Stephen Ministry page.
Widows of Grace
Many years ago, Our Lady of Grace and the Archdiocese embarked on a journey to support widows in their grief journey. Women have
gathered from over five states and two continents and, in these years, we have seen new Widows Fellowship Groups formed.
Meets at 9:30 AM on the 2nd Friday of the month in the Dining Room
Widows Book Club
Meets at 9:30 AM on the 3rd Friday of the month in the Parish Library.
Widows Day of Reflection
Saturday, June 8, 2018, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
For more information about widows fellowship opportunities at Our Lady of Grace or how to start your own group click here.
Edina Coalition for Grief Support
Thursdays 4:30-6:00 PM
Of all of life’s stresses, losing a loved one to death is at the top of the list. Would you like more support? A listening ear? People who understand you? Our Lady of Grace is a member of the Edina Coalition for Grief Support and we meet every Thursday from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. This is a program for adults. We meet from 4:30-5:00 PM as a large group to hear a speaker, then break into small groups for spouse loss, child loss and other losses. Facilitators have experienced the same kind of loss as the group they are facilitating. No pre-registration is required. The support group changes church locations each quarter. For locations and more information, click here.
If Thursday afternoons doesn’t work with your schedule or you are looking for a group to support a specific type of loss (like the loss of an infant or loss through suicide), below we have complied a list of area grief support groups.
Additional Community Resources
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, affect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses. Click here for all scheduled classes. Visit www.namimn.org for more information.
Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness
Serving seniors in transition and their family caregivers to support health in spirit, mind and body since 1998. The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness (the Center) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of Normandale Lutheran Church that is dedicated to serving individuals in and around the Twin Cities metropolitan area. We have been serving seniors age 60+, their caregivers, family members and companions since our founding in 1998. We do so with generous support from partner and corporate contributions, individual gifts, and grants including funding via the Federal Older Americans Act and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.
The Center currently has 4 part time staff members and up to 60 volunteers. We regularly collaborate with dozens of community partners to extend our mission and reach, and maximize limited resources. For more information, click here or visit their website www.normandalecenter.org
Youth Grief Support Groups
Fairview’s Youth Grief Services offers grief support series for youth, ages 4 -18. Parents are also supported through this series and attend their own groups while the children/teens attend theirs. There is no fee to attend, but participants need to pre-register by phone. For more information visit their website at www.fairview.org/youthgrief.