Grief Followup & Support

Grief Follow-up

St. Edward’s Grief Ministers (trained Stephen Ministers) provide one-on-one telephone support to grieving family members following the funeral of one of our parishioners. The ministers provide options to the grieving and can direct them to additional support if needed. Please contact Deacon Jim DeShane at 952-835-7101, ext. 220 or in the parish office if you have any questions.

Grief Support

Bloomington-Richfield Grief Support Coalition

Grief is a universal experience. Churches in Bloomington and Richfield work together to provide support and education for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. Group meetings are held on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm. Each session includes an educational presentation followed by small group sharing of concerns and experiences. Specially trained facilitators lead the groups. Individuals may join the group at any time and may register before a meeting begins. There is no fee. Free-will offerings are accepted. Find more information at

Summer Series (2017)

July 6 to August 24 (2017)
Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Woodlake Lutheran Church
7525 Oliver Avenue South, Richfield MN 55423; 612-866-8449

July 6
Honoring a Loved One’s Life & Memory Through the Year
Arnold Kruegar
July 13
Exploring Memory & Meaning: The Pain & The Gain
Phyllis Zillhart
July 20
Family Matters: The Impact of Loss on Families
Ed Holland
July 27
Dealing with Being Grief-Stuck
Dale Swan
August 3
Grief Demystified—Part I
Brenda DeMott
August 10
Grief Demystified—Part II
Brenda DeMott
August 17
Wellness During Grief
Phyllis Bruce
August 24
Myths of Grief
Brenda DeMott

Members of the Bloomington-Richfield Grief Coalition:

Atonement Lutheran
Christ the King Lutheran
Nativity of Mary Catholic
Normandale-Hylands United Methodist
Oak Grove Presbyterian
St. Bonaventure Catholic
St. Edward’s Catholic
St. Luke’s Lutheran
St. Mark’s United Church of Christ
St. Stephen Lutheran
Transfiguration Lutheran
Assumption Catholic
House of Prayer Lutheran
Oak Grove Lutheran
St. Nicholas Episcopal
St. Peter’s Catholic
St. Richard’s Catholic
Woodlake Lutheran