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.
Healing Hearts through Healing Moments helps parents whose baby has died through, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. The group is open to all parents, free to join and is led by a Clinical Counselor and a Registered Nurse, both of whom are also bereaved parents. The love of a parent is never ending. Through this group, parents can find moments of comfort and company as they walk their own unique road. Grief is a life-long journey, but the journey does not need to be traveled alone.
The Support group is held every third Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Healing Moments Counseling in Monticello. Please email Kathleen Massmann for more information or to register firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Some parents find it helpful to read about grief. It helps them to understand their grief and connect with others through words. Most of the books in this list can be found in local libraries and book stores.
Download Children’s grief resources booklet, which includes information about adult grief and your children’s grief, making memory for children and teens, creating meaningful rituals and legacies, the first days following the death of a child, and how to know if you need counseling.