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Grief/Emotional Support

 
All Saints Grief Support Fellowship
 
(All Saints' Grief Support Ministry gatherings will resume on Saturday November 13. Subsequent dates are December 11, 2021, January 8, February 12, March 12, 2022, etc.)
 
This parish ministry is for any and all who are grieving the loss of a loved one, no matter how recent or how long ago. Please consider this invitation for yourself or extend this invitation to another who is suffering loss. All are welcome. 

Parish grief support gatherings take place on the second Saturday of the month following the regular 8:00am Saturday morning Mass, concluding at about 9:30am. Meet in the in the Teachers’ Lounge.
 
Also, All Saints Pastoral Care Office maintains a listing of local counseling clinics / therapists which have been found to be good resources by others who have sought their services in the areas of individual, marriage/couple and family counseling. They come well recommended as of our most recent information. This would include a balanced and respectful approach to the faith life of clients.
 
952.985.9983 or griefsupport@allsaintschurch.com for more information.

Precious Hearts Ministry

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  • Living with the Loss of a Child
    For a long time it was the norm in our culture to encourage parents to get over it or move on when they experience the loss of a child during or soon after pregnancy. More recently we have come to realize that these losses are no less a cause for grief than other death losses that we experience. Infertility, miscarriage, still birth, abortion and early infant death can bring about the same emotional, physical and psychological symptoms. The need for a path to healing and acceptance is just as real. Precious Hearts Ministry provides prayer, fellowship, resources and support to those who have experienced losses of this kind. 
  • Rosebuds
    Part of Precious Hearts Ministry is a Rosebud table located in the Gathering Space. Each of the six colored roses represent a different circumstance: Infertility or Waiting to Adopt; Pregnancy; Birth or Adoption; Miscarriage or Loss; Grandparent Concerns; and Troubled Times. If you would like prayers or support for any of these circumstances, please visit the table and select the rose and card which best fits your situation.
  • Support Gatherings
    Precious Hearts Ministry hosts occasional support gatherings for those who are experiencing, or have experienced, infertility, pregnancy loss, or infant loss are invited to attend. These gatherings are opportunities to share your story, and to meet others in the parish community with whom you can connect for understanding, fellowship and support.
  • Ornaments for Our Angels
    The Advent and Christmas Seasons can be an especially challenging time for persons who have lost a loved one. In early December, Precious Hearts Ministry hosts a Christmas memorial event where participants can decorate Christmas ornaments in memory of children lost in pregnancy or infancy. All family members are welcome (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.).

Growing Through Loss

Growing Through Loss is sponsored by the Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches (15 “south of the river” churches, including All Saints). This five week series takes place twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. It is for adults who have experienced a loss or crisis, and / or who wish to learn more about the grief process.

Each session is complete in itself and offers a presentation followed by small group support facilitated by trained leaders. You are welcome to attend one or all. There is no charge to attend, but a $4.00 donation is suggested and appreciated.
 
Details can be found on the Growing Through Loss homepage.
 
Online Mental Health Support Groups and Resources

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults living with mental illness, their families and friends, and parents of teens and children. These groups are led by trained peer facilitators. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to www.namimn.org and clicking on “support groups.”
Addiction and Recovery
 
Follow this link to information about support and resources in the local community.
 
Healing from Abortion
 
If you have suffered from an abortion, you may be experiencing: guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, nightmares, substance abuse, eating disorders, or suicidal thoughts. The pain is real, but you do not have to suffer alone. There are people dedicated to helping you – do not be afraid to reach out for help.
 
Project Rachel is the Archdiocesan outreach to women and men in emotional, psychological and spiritual pain as a result of abortion. This program provides compassionate, free, nonjudgmental support. For further information and assistance, call 651.291.4515, or email: respectlife@archspm.org

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats – www.rvineyardmn.org – provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment with a very specific process for working through the hurt. Contact Rachel’s Vineyard at the confidential voice mail 763.250.9313, or email: rachels@rvineyardmn.org

Hope After Abortion: www.hopeafterabortion.com/ is the U. S. Catholic Bishops' web site on post-abortion recovery. 
 
Other Community Resources for Grief and Loss:
 
(Contact the specific ministry to learn the status of gatherings during COVID-19 restrictions.)

•    A Military Family Support Group for family and friends of military personnel on active duty meets on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month at Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville Contact Sr. Jancy at 952.890.0045.
•    Grief Support at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville is an ongoing support ministry offering information along with emotional and spiritual support. Gatherings are on the third Monday of the month, 6:00 - 7:00pm (currently on Zoom). Contact Jodi at 952.898.9312.
•    Recovering from Divorce for Catholics is a divorce support program covering the topics of grieving, fear, anger, dealing with your former spouse, helping your kids cope, the power of your faith to heal, and being single again. This program is for Catholics who are going through a divorce or are struggling with life after divorce. Sessions are held on select Mondays from 7:00–8:30pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings. Contact Jill at 651.437.4254, ext. 225.
•    Rainbows provides support to children who are experiencing grief and loss in their lives. It consists of two 7-week sessions through the fall and winter. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings sponsors a Rainbows program. Contact Jill at 651.437.4254, ext. 225.
 
 
 
The information on this page is taken from print and online material of the given program or organization.  Not all resources will be right for everyone.  You need to check it out and determine for yourself if it meets your need.  All Saints and its staff do not necessarily endorse any particular resource.  We give referral in order to help you find what will serve you.  Please let us know if you find that any of this information to be inaccurate so we can update our files. 
 
Contact Deacon Jim, griefsupport@allsaintschurch.com / 952.985.9983 for information about any of these resources.