Grief Support Resources

Every person must cope with loss of a loved on his or her own terms. We provide many opportunities to connect with local, state and national grief resources, along with programming right here at Wise Family Funeral & Cremation Services that continues to care for the living, while honoring those loved ones who have passed away.  

The emotional upheaval these trying times can cause is sometimes so overwhelming that even the support of friends and family may not help relieve the amount of sadness and grief you feel. Below are a few local grief groups that may help you or a family member or friend.

» Brighter Days Grief Resource Center

Brighter Days Grief Resource Center is a lifeline for those who grieve.  They provide a private and compassionate space for individuals anticipating or enduring the death of a family member; to offer access to professional services and resources; and to instill hope by providing connection to others through peer-based events and activities.

They are located in Eden Prairie, MN, however, they are just a click or phone call away.

Information: [email protected] or Appointments: 952-303-3873

» Rainbows: Grief Support for Children Preschool - High School Age

Meets at on Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
2035 15th St. W.
Hastings, MN 55033
Contact Jill Skaife for more information (651)437-4254

» Hastings Area Grief Support Group

Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 7:30pm

  • Where: Community Education Building 310 River St.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Dick and Donna Mathiowetz @ (651)983-0135

The Hastings Area Grief Support Group provides a caring environment of mutual support and education for those grieving the death of a significant person.

In a respectful Christian atmosphere, this group welcomes all people with opportunities to understand and express their own grief experience.

They provide an educational component and then have small group time with others experiencing a similar loss.

» Hastings Grief Share Support Group

  • Where: Resurrection Methodist Church, 615 West 15th Street, Hastings, MN 55033
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Chris Garrick, Volunteer Leader, 651-353-6160

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Unfinished By Design (Author & Speaker, Donna Mathiowetz)

Loss enters our lives at many levels, be it through death, downsizing, outsourcing, health issues, divorce, independence taken or loss of a dream.

Within the books and presentations offered by Unfinished by Design, you will learn valuable and practical insights that will help you cope with the changes that life brings. We aren't meant to just survive, but to thrive and become better equipped to help others as well.

Center for Loss & Transition
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.

GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

»  Students Coping with Grief & Loss At School (College)
Grief after a deeply-felt loss can range from a sadness that lingers, always hovering in the background, to a total emotional upheaval that turns your entire world upside down. For the typical person, dealing with a loss can be one of the most difficult things to get through. But for a college student, it can be even more complicated. College life is a period of drastic change, with a tremendous amount of growth and maturity at times tinged with confusion, fear, pressure and the thrill of newfound independence. Throw grief into the mix, and it’s easy to understand how difficult it can be to handle the huge spectrum of emotion that a college student might experience. This guide aims to provide a solid rock of support for grieving students and those who care about them.