2022 Winter Series Meetings – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Return to Virtual meetings beginning January 27th. – NO MEETING JANUARY 20th.

Based on the high transmission rate of Covid 19 cases we are currently experiencing in the Twin Cities, we feel the safest and most responsible thing to do is to suspend the in-person meetings for the time being and resume meetings virtually, using Zoom.  Our plan now is to hold the meetings on Zoom through the end of February.  We will reassess the situation mid-February to determine how to proceed after that point.  
We will not be holding a meeting on Thursday, January 20th to give us time to get set up for a return to virtual meetings. 

Writings about grief:

The Cutting Board

Wednesday Morning

In the meantime, please consider the following advice, authored by our longtime friend and supporter Ted Bowman:

Some Guidelines for Grief Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak

1) Monitor your own health and follow health department guidelines

2) Check-in on some of your family and friends during these days, even some with whom you have not recently connected. Say something like, hello, just sending my care during these days.

3) Practice differing ways of grief care during these days. Consider adding other care practices because so many typical outlets may be unavailable, cancelled, or unwise for health reasons. Consider: music, prayer, pray for others, get outside if your own health permits, take notice of small pleasures (cup of tea or coffee, sun coming through your window, an hour of quiet, complete a small task, comfort food, talk to a friend via phone, write a note, remember with tears and smiles someone who has died.

4) Review recent Edina Grief Coalition sessions: what did someone say in a group that you want to “hang onto” and use today…or something one of the speakers said that was helpful.

5) What advice would you give to another grieving person? In other words, if you were the speaker, what would you say to fellow grievers?

6) Be aware of what is not canceled because of the coronavirus, including:

  • Getting Outdoors: NOT CANCELED
  • Family: NOT CANCELED
  • Reading: NOT CANCELED
  • Singing: NOT CANCELED
  • Laughing: NOT CANCELED

Let’s Embrace What We Have.

7) Whatever your beliefs are, lean on the best of them these days.

Coping with the death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult challenges we face. Understanding the grief process and sharing with other individuals in a supportive and caring environment can lead to acceptance, personal growth and recovery.

In an effort to help participants move forward with their lives, the Edina Coalition for Grief Support offers a short-term program for adults who are experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. The focus is on education and group support in a safe and confidential environment. We are a nondenominational group inclusive of all backgrounds.

Professional therapists, former participants and others knowledgeable about grief provide information about the effects of grief and its healthy resolution.

We rely on donations from attendees and our sponsors to fund our services.  If you have an interest in donating to our organization please send an email to edinacoalition@gmail.com