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Grief Support

Basilica Grief Ministry

Grief Ministry at the Basilica of Saint Mary offers support for anyone in the community who is experiencing the loss of a friend or family member through death. When we lose a loved one, grief can turn our life routine inside out. Sadness, confusion, shock and loneliness may occur.

Sometimes it is important to talk; sometimes just to listen.

Trained volunteers will send cards and letters, make phone calls and provide referral resources to other support ministries in the community.

Downtown Coalition for Grief Support

For many, grief support helps the journey toward healing after the loss of a loved one.

If you or someone you know has experienced loss, we want to offer you our prayers, concern and support.

See the schedule of meetings.  Call the Downtown Coalition for Grief Support at 612.317.3454.

Contact Cathy Edwards for more information.  

What can you expect if you attend?

You will walk into a room full of people who understand what you’re going through.

  • They'll get you through the first months, holidays, and anniversaries.
  • You can come whenever you need solace and support.
  • You can speak of your loved one, no matter how much time has passed.

Are you nervous about attending for the first time?

For some, it's not easy to go to a support group meeting. Know that there are no expectations. What you say. What you do. Whether you share. It is all up to you.

This is a safe place filled with people just like you — people who have been devastated and surprised by the magnitude of their losses.

  • Volunteers acknowledge the anniversary of a loss with cards and letters, expressing the support and prayers of The Basilica community.
  • We make calls and offer resources to those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Upcoming Events

Jun 3
2017
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This team works to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  Rooted in our Catholic Faith, they partner with community organizations, foster long-term relationships, offer financial assistance...
Families Moving Forward
Jun 11 to Jun 18
2017
Sunday
at
4:00 PM to 7:00 AM
Families Moving Forward (FMF), a program of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, is a Twin Cities effort that, together with a network of more than 50 faith communities, provides temporary,...
Jun 13
2017
Tuesday
at
6:30 PM
 Rev. Dr. John MacDougall of The Retreat has developed three new programs for The Basilica of Saint Mary. June 13:  Parenting for Adult Children of Alcoholics. There are many books and groups for...
Jun 13
2017
Tuesday
at
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Join John MacDougall of The Retreat for the final presentation, Parenting for Adult Children of Alcoholics.  There are many books and groups for adult children of alcoholics, but a...
Jun 25
2017
Sunday
at
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
During each Mass this weekend, all will be blessed for good mental health and following the 9:30 and 11:30 am Sunday liturgies, treated to ice cream on the West Lawn.   For more information or to...
Jul 1
2017
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This team works to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  Rooted in our Catholic Faith, they partner with community organizations, foster long-term relationships, offer financial assistance...
Aug 5
2017
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This team works to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  Rooted in our Catholic Faith, they partner with community organizations, foster long-term relationships, offer financial assistance...
Sep 2
2017
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This team works to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  Rooted in our Catholic Faith, they partner with community organizations, foster long-term relationships, offer financial assistance...
Oct 7
2017
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This team works to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  Rooted in our Catholic Faith, they partner with community organizations, foster long-term relationships, offer financial assistance...
Dec 2
2017
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This team works to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  Rooted in our Catholic Faith, they partner with community organizations, foster long-term relationships, offer financial assistance...