We meet from 7:00 – 8:30pm on the third Monday of each month
St. Joseph Parish Community
8701 N 36th Ave

New Hope, MN   55427

(612) 444-1301
Monica Colberg, Chapter Leader
Gloria Jordan, Chapter Co-Leader & Newsletter Editor
Carol Hawk, Events Coordinator


(About Our Meetings:  Please don’t stay away from a meeting because the scheduled topic does not interest you. At each meeting there will be time to discuss and share whatever is on your mind. We welcome your participation, but it is not required.)



Monday, DECEMBER 18, 2017
“Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony”
The Compassionate Friends of Minneapolis’s annual memorial candle light ceremony is Monday, December 18th at our regular meeting place which is St. Joseph Parish Community in New Hope, Minnesota. This event takes the place of our regular meeting. Parents, siblings, extended family and friends are all invited to join us.

The evening begins at 6PM with a sign-in at the church. Snacks, treats as well as coffee and apple cider will be served during the social time. A free-will offering will be appreciated to help offset the costs. Ornaments are provided (one per family) which we will personalize with your child’s name. You may hang it on the memory tree and afterwards, take it home as a memento.



The candle lighting program begins at 7PM with beautiful music as well as readings by our members, followed by the lighting of candles in remembrance of our children. The evening will conclude with our memorial photo slide presentation of our children.

You DO NOT need to send us a photo of your child if you have already sent one in previous years; we still have it in the system. If you did not meet the deadline of November 30th, 2017 to submit your photo you can send it to us and we will make sure to include it in next year’s slide show

This is our largest event honoring our children, siblings, and grandchildren. We would appreciate your help! Come early to set up or stay after to help clean up, donate finger foods, fruit or veggie tray, or cookies, bars, or treats, or apple cider.

If we need to postpone due to severe weather, we will post a notice on our Chapter Facebook page.

Last year we had a huge crowd. Hope you can make it this year!!!



“Post-Traumatic Stress in Family Members After the Death of a Child”,
with Chris Lewis, speaker
Chris Lewis is a bereaved parent, past Compassionate Friends meeting facilitator and certified Grief Therapist, specializing in traumatic loss.


“Walk to Remember”
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 24 for our annual Chapter Walk to Remember. We walk to remember our children, siblings, and grandchildren who have died. Invite extended family and friends to join us.

This is our Chapter’s annual fund raiser.
There is no fee to walk, but donations are appreciated. We are a recognized 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax deductible. Funds received are used to support our chapter’s many activities that assist families after the death of a child.

Join us at beautiful Bassett Creek Park in Crystal, (same park as last year) off 32nd Avenue North, between Douglas Drive North and Highway 100. Go south off of 32nd Avenue North onto Welcome Avenue, then enter parking area off Welcome Avenue. Meet at the picnic shelter near the playground. Check-in begins at Noon; we’ll start the walk at 12:30. It’s just a quick 1-mile walk around the pond, but we can go around as many (or few times as you want.

This scenic venue offers FREE parking, a picnic shelter, disc golf, volleyball, memorial garden with benches, a new playground area, and more. Invite family and friends to join us for friendship and healing. Pack a picnic treat to enjoy after the walk.

We will carry the names of our children on bibs provided by the chapter. If you are unable to join us, please submit your child’s name and someone will be honored to carry your child with us on our walk.



“Who Am I Now?”
Perspective and possibilities for our future.

We will assemble into individual discussion groups facilitated by members of the The Minneapolis Compassionate Friends Seasoned Grievers.

“Women to the Left; Men to the Right”
The expression of grief is unique to each individual. We will break into groups by gender for sharing.

“Meaningful Memories”
We’ll share creative ideas how to honor, stay connected to and preserve memories of our child, grandchild or sibling.

“A Journey – Death of a Sibling, and Myths about Grief”
Maggie Bauer, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, shares her insight.

“Show and Share”
Help us get to know your child. Bring something to share that evokes a special memory…a blankie, toy, trophy, poem, etc. Any memento will do, because it provides an opportunity to speak our child’s name.

Journaling, with Charlie Brown
Charlie will talk about the various coping mechanisms that helped him deal with the death of his daughter Molly from ovarian cancer on April 13, 2008. By writing about his grief using various outlets such as journaling, creating websites and blogs, writing poetry and writing letters he was able to make a transition to a new normal. He will be giving tips on how to get started and will explain the techniques that he has used. He will he will read samples of his poetry and prose and lead a discussion following the talk.

“Looking For Our Child”
Have you done a double-take, been caught off guard by a mannerism, or striking resemblance, yearning to make a connection with your child?

“Sibling Perspective”
Maggie Bauer, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, will share her experiences following the death of her only sibling. Following her presentation, she will join the Siblings for small group discussion.

“Grief Relief Through Somatic (Physical) Integration”
Guest speaker Mitch Carmody will identify common stressors experienced in grief and discuss ways to neutralize their toxic effects on our body, through finding balance in the four pillars of strength: body, mind, spirit, and soul.

ief speaker and bereaved Dad, will discuss the concept of messages and other tools which are integral factors in processing the grief journey. Love is always there….and only a whisper away.

“People say the darndest things”
How have we responded to situations and questions that might be awkward or uncomfortable? How have you dealt with….? What have you said when….?