Support series offers help to cope with grief

A five-week Responding to Grief support series will take place at Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 18.

Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly
Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly

The grief and loss series is co-directed by Rev. Valerie-Brown Greenly, associate pastor at Peace Lutheran Church, and Danielle Murillo of Dare’s Funeral and Cremation Service, Elk River.

Brown-Greenly has been working in the field of bereavement for 25 years, she said.

“It’s my passion to help individuals and families who have suffered a major loss, whether through the death of a loved one or some other difficult life transition to find support their community,” Brown-Greenly said.

“We have five excellent speakers and a time for small group support, resources, music – a wonderful event.”

According to Brown-Greenly, the series is focused on education and support for individuals and families who are mourning the loss of a loved one or supporting someone who is; it is also relevant for individuals facing difficult life transitions.

Each evening has a speaker and a support group, Brown-Greenly said.

Groups available will be loss of spouse, loss of child, loss of parent, loss of sibling or friend, divorce or separation, transitional loss (not limited to moving, job loss, broken relationships, financial setbacks, loss of pet) and suicide survivors.

People are welcome to attend all five sessions or as many as they wish, Brown-Greenly said.

Each program begins at 6:45 p.m. and runs through 8:45 p.m. with registration from 6:45 to p.m., speaker from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and small groups from 8 to 8:45 p.m.

The schedule of speakers and topics (there will be two different presentations Oct. 25) is:

• Oct. 18: “Meaning Making and Family Systems,” Dr. Janice Winchester Nadeau, a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, master’s prepared nurse and author.

• Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: “How to Survive Being the Survivor,” Dr. Jill Robinson, survivor of her father’s early unexpected death, family medicine with obstetrics physician, who served 9 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, including Operation Iraqi Freedom.

• Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: “Honoring Choices,” Kitty Conradi and Jeanine Miller, registered nurses from the northern suburbs, presenting information on advanced directive planning.

• Nov. 1: “Journies,” Dr. Karl Schollterbeck, a licensed psychologist and licensed school psychologist for 40 years.

• Nov. 8: “Surviving Suicide,” Mark and Linda Steinberg, retired employees of the Osseo School District, whose oldest son died in 1994 as a result of suicide.

• Nov. 15: “Where’s God in Our Suffering,” Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly, ordained in the ELCA for 23 years, who has specialized in the field of grief and loss for most of her ministry and was director of hospice in International Falls and director of the Growing through Loss program for many years.

For more information contact Brown-Greenly at 763-757-4459.

Peace Lutheran Church is located at 20 Northdale Blvd., the intersection of Northdale and University Avenue.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]