Brighter Days Grief Center is a Minnesota nonprofit organization serving individuals anticipating or coping with the death of a beloved family member. Although we are a Grief Center providing free services and resources, we are so much more than that at our core. We are a community of families turned into volunteers, staff and board that are bound together by our own experiences.
These experiences have inspired us to support and guide grieving families in ways that were not available to us. Our programs are designed to address the financial, emotional and other psycho social aspects of grief. We realize each family member grieves differently, and therefore has different needs. Our goal is to help determine those needs, and provide the resources to compassionately address them.
Overall, we hope to lessen the devastating impact that grief can have on a family as well as a community. By providing a compassionate space for people to gather, with access to crucial programs and services, we will work to help families and communities move forward together rather than apart. We do not take this lightly; we understand that “moving forward” can seem impossible, yet we believe with genuine care and compassion it truly is possible.
The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
The Family Development Center welcomes individuals, couples, and families who are facing challenges at any life stage. Some of these challenges may include relationship issues, job worries, parenting concerns, emotional and behavioral difficulties in children, multigenerational family demands, work/life balance, addiction, empty nest adjustments, or end-of-life stresses.
Growing Through Grief is a school support program that helps children and teens overcome the pain and heartache of losing a loved one. Having a safe place to express grief and not feel alone is key to learning healthy ways of coping with grief.
Children and teens, like adults, grieve in their own unique ways when a special person is dying or dies. The most significant factor is how children and teens grieve is how the adults in their lives respond to the dying process or death. Love, honesty and support are key to helping a grieving child or teen.
HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.