Church of the Epiphany hosting series on coping with grief

A six-week fall grief series put on by the North Metro Area Grief Support Coalition will take place at Church of the Epiphany, Coon Rapids, beginning in October.

The coalition, which comprises 11 area churches and Mercy and Unity hospitals’ Faith Community Nurse Program, serves Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Cedar, Coon Rapids, Ham Lake, Oak Grove and Spring Lake Park.

Each evening begins at 6:45 p.m. with registration followed by a guest speaker at 7 p.m. followed by facilitated small groups. The program ends at 9 p.m.

The purpose of the series is to provide people with information and support for a variety of grief and loss issues.

The topics and speakers for each session are:

• Thursday, Oct. 10: “When Will I Be Over This: What Is Normal Grief?” Licensed therapist Linda Cherek is the speaker.

• Thursday, Oct. 17: “Blessed Are They That Mourn, They Will Be Comforted?” Rev. Michael Van Sloun, pastor of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and formerly at Church of St. Stephen, Anoka, will speak on the topic.

• Thursday, Oct. 24: “Finding Life In Death – Peace And Pain Can Co-Exist.” Shirley Wanchena, founder of Pacem in Terris, is the speaker.

• Thursday, Nov. 7: “The Case For Coping With Grief.” Speaker is Patricia Zalaznik, certified grief counselor and thanatologist.

• Thursday, Nov. 14: “Getting Through The Holidays.” Rev. Norm Berg of Zion Lutheran Church is the speaker.

• Thursday, Nov. 21: Prayer service for healing.

There will be no meeting Thursday, Oct. 31.

The six-week grief support program is offered twice a year. The next series will be in the spring of 2014.

No pre-registration is necessary. Registration will be taken at each session and people can attend as many sessions as they wish.

The Church of Epiphany is located at 11001 Hanson Blvd.

For more information call the coalition phone number at 763-413-2985.

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