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Essentia offers grief support group in Brainerd

Individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one are welcome and encouraged to participate in a grief support group seven-week session. This supportive and caring group is facilitated by professionals and meets 3-5 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 12 – Oct. 24 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Through individual reflection, grief-related tasks, and group sharing, participants will:

• Understand the grief process.

• Identify normal manifestations of grief and learn healthy coping behavior.

• Develop a realistic memory of the deceased, remembering the life shared, not primarily the death.

• Create a support system for one’s self within and outside the group.

• Decrease emotional pain (sadness, helplessness, etc.).

• Recognize, express and accept one’s feelings.

The grief support group is for those who have had a relative, friend, or significant person die. Common experiences of those who are living with grief include poor sleep, poor appetite, problems concentrating, and no energy for things that used to be enjoyable. The purpose of this group is to equip each person with the tools and resources to reinvest oneself in life.

For more information about grief support and to register for the seven-week session please call 828-7442.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.