The Center for Grief and Loss

FAQ

What do I do if I need to cancel an appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we ask for a 24+ hour notice. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment or miss your appointment, you will be charged a fee of $75. Please note that this fee is NOT covered by your insurance. Please phone: 651-641-0177 to cancel or reschedule. 

 

Will my counseling sessions be covered by health insurance?

FamilyMeans is in-network with most major insurance companies, but clients are encouraged to check that a particular therapist is covered in-network.

Familymeans offers a sliding fee based on income for those without insurance.

 

Is parking available at the Center? 

There is free two hour parking on Grand Ave (between Dunlap and Lexington) in front of the Center or a small parking lot accessible by the alley behind the Center. 

 

What can I expect at my first appointment?

  1. The first 1-3 sessions are the assessment period, when you and the therapist work together to determine how therapy could be helpful. During this time, the therapist may also recommend additional services, such as a psychiatric assessment, a routine physical, or group therapy.

  2. The therapist will gather information about your reasons for seeking therapy, the history of your concern, current stressors, relationships and supports, and what you’re hoping to gain from therapy.

  3. You will have a chance to learn more about the Center, the therapist, the process of psychotherapy, and ask any questions you may have.

  4. You and the therapist will work collaboratively to identify your goals for therapy.

     

How do I know if I’m ready for a group?

The Center for Grief & Loss provides several options for therapy groups facilitated by trained therapists. Before joining a group, you will be asked to meet individually with the therapist leading the group to determine readiness and fit. In most cases, we recommend at least some individual therapy prior to beginning a therapy group. Individual therapy allows a person more space to work with the many reactions, often big and intense, that come up after a loss, whereas a group setting is a space shared by several people. Individual processing of a loss is therefore limited in a group setting.

In order to receive the most benefit from a therapy group, we consider the following guidelines: the person is ready and able to talk about their loss; the person has skills to manage the feelings that come up when discussing the loss or listening to others’ stories; the person has expectations and goals that are reasonable and specific for a group therapy setting.

 

Can my therapist prescribe medication? 

Although your therapist cannot prescribe medication, your therapist can work with you to determine whether it would be helpful to be evaluated for medication. Your therapist can also help get you connected with a psychiatric provider. 

 

What other community resources are available? 

General Grief Support Groups

Grief education and support - Edina Coalition for Grief Support

The Edina Coalition for Grief Support is an open group sponsored and supported by nine Edina churches in addition to Fairview Southdale Hospital Spiritual Care. Each meeting includes an educational presentation or a personal story of grief and recovery, followed by small group discussions.

When: Weekly, Thursday, 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Registration and hospitality, 4:00 pm; Speaker, 4:30 pm; Discussion groups, 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

Cost: Voluntary donations gratefully received. For more information visit website at www.edinagriefsupport.org

 

Downtown Coalition for Grief Support

The Downtown Coalition for Grief Support, comprised of downtown faith communities, sponsors this series. Each meeting includes an educational presentation or a personal story of grief and recovery, and small group discussions.

When: Weekly, Saturday 9:30-10:00 a.m, registration and hospitality; 10:00-10:30, speaker; 10:30- 11:30 discussion groups.

Cost: Donations gratefully received.

Contact For more information call: Tom Anderson 952-927-7453 or visit:mplsgriefsupport.com/about.htm

 

Grief Support Group - Mount Olivet

This group is intended for anyone who has lost someone significant through death and wants support and education around the grieving process.

Where: 5000 Logan Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 AND 1804 W. 50th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419

Cost: $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

Contact: Call Vicki Franzen, Mount Olivet Counseling Services, at 612-927-7335 www.mtolivet.org/resources/counseling

 

HealthPartners Hospice & Palliative Care

8170 33rd Ave S, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States 55425

Phone: (952) 883-6877

Fax: (952) 883-6883 Website: HealthPartners Hospice & Palliative Care

 

GriefShareTM

This video/discussion group offers a Christian perspective.

Multiple locations, dates, and times available in the Twin Cities Metro area. For more information, visit: griefshare.org

 


 

Services for Children and Families

Fairview Youth Grief Services

www.fairview.org/youthgrief

We invite families to participate in our 7-week free grief support group series for children & teens ages

4-18 who have had a loved-one die, along with support for the parents/caregivers.

Children and teen groups are divided by age. We incorporate fun, healing, and age-appropriate activities to help families through the grieving process. While children and teens are meeting, support is offered simultaneously for their parents and caregivers.

GROUP DATES: Groups meet weekly: 3 series per year Winter, Spring and Fall.

GROUP TIME: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Please register family members by calling 952-892-2111 or email inquiries to keisold1@fairview.org or jsimmon3@fairview.org

 

Camp Erin/Fairview Youth Grief Services

Camp Erin—Twin Cities Grief Support Camp

Camp Erin is a grief camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend. At Camp Erin, the focus is on kids. Grief professionals and highly trained volunteers of Youth Grief Services work to combine all the excitement of camp with time for the kids to express their grief, learn to cope with their loss, and build trust and self-esteem. For dates and registration information, visit: www.fairview.org/youthgrief or call: 952-892-2111

Camper applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and can be downloaded from our website.

 


 

Loss of a Child

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group - Abbott Northwestern Hospital

For any parent who has experienced the loss of an INFANT through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early neonatal loss.

When: Second Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: 800 East 28th Street Minneapolis, MN 55407

For more information Call 612-863-4370.

 

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Groups

Minneapolis campus: 2525 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

St. Paul campus: 345 North Smith, St. Paul, MN 55102

SID Parent Support Group. This group is for newly bereaved parents who have experienced the sudden death of an infant from any cause. Meetings are held monthly at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. Contact 612-813-6285. www.childrensmn.org/services/care-specialties-departments/minnesota-sudden-infant-death-center/grief-support/

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group. For parents who have experienced a perinatal loss. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month on the St. Paul campus. Registration is required; however, there is no fee. Contact 651-241-6206 for more information. www.childrensmn.org/services/family-services/bereavement/

 

Compassionate Friends

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age, and to provide information to help others be supportive. If you have had a child die at any age, from birth to adult, these meetings are for you. We are an international, nonprofit, self-help support organization with almost 600 chapters. There is no religious affiliation. Parents, grandparents, siblings (over age 12), extended family, and visitors are welcome.

When: The third Monday of every month, from 7-8:30 PM.

Where: Minneapolis Chapter (serving Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs) meets at St. Joseph Parish Community 8701 36th Avenue N. New Hope, MN 55427 (corner of 36th Ave N and & Boone Avenue N)

Cost: Free

Contact: Monica Colberg or Gloria Jordan 612-444-1301

 


 

Spouse/Partner Loss

Spouse Grief Support Group - Mount Olivet

This group is intended for spouses who has lost their significant other through death and wants support and education around the grieving process.

Where: 1804 W. 50th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419

Cost: $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

Contact: Call Vicki Franzen, Mount Olivet Counseling Services, at 612-927-7335. www.mtolivet.org/resources/counseling

 

LIFT Widows/Widowers Social Meetings

Group meets at least monthly for socialization and fun. For more details, contact Norma Stueland at 763-535-4112.

 


 

Suicide Loss

Friends and Families of Suicide

Friends and Families of Suicide is an ongoing Survivors of Suicide support group meeting. The meetings are facilitated by peer-facilitators and are not a substitute for counseling or care by professionals. The support group provides a place of support and comfort where those that have lost a loved one to suicide can be comfortable talking about their loss as well as hearing about the losses of others.

FFoS meets the 3rd Monday of every month 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Twin Cities Friends Meeting

1725 Grand Ave., St Paul MN 55105

For more information please call:Tracy Toner, Peer Facilitator, 651-587-8006

 

Survivor Resources

www.survivorresources.org

 

Free, weekly support group led by 2 individuals who have also lost a loved one to homicide. Contact the main office for more information or to register before attending first group @ 651-266-5674 or 612-673-3951.

 

 Three locations:

Monday 6:30-8:00 pm @ St. Paul Police Department, 367 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN on

Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm @ Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar lake Rd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Thursday 6:00-7:30 pm @ Forest Lake Library, Hardwood Creek 19955 Forest Road N , Forest Lake, MN

55025 United States

 


 

Homicide Loss

Survivor Resources

www.survivorresources.org

Free, weekly support group led by 2 individuals who have also lost a loved one to homicide. Contact the main office for more information or to register before attending first group @ 651-266-5674 or 612-673-3951.

 Two locations:

Monday 6:30-8:00 pm @ St. Paul Police Department, 367 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN on

Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm @ Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar lake Rd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426

 


 

Accidental and Overdose Loss

Survivor Resources

www.survivorresources.org

Free, weekly support group led by 2 individuals who have also lost a loved one to an accident or overdose. Contact the main office for more information or to register before attending first group @ 651-266-5674 or 612-673-3951.

Two locations:

Monday 6:30-8:00 pm @ St. Paul Police Department, 367 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN on

Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm @ Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar lake Rd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426

 


 

Brighter Days Grief Center

 

Brighter Days Grief Center is a newly established nonprofit serving the state of Minnesota. We provide free programs, services, and resources for individuals anticipating or coping with the death of a family member.

Visit our website for more information at www.brighterdaysgriefcenter.org or contact us at 952-303-3873.