Meetings

MEETING SCHEDULE:
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

QUESTIONS:
(612) 444-1301
Monica Colberg, Chapter Leader
Gloria Jordan, Chapter Co-Leader & Newsletter Editor

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

(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, MAY 15, 2017
“Stuck in Grief”, with Pat Brown
“Stuck” may mean different things for different people at different times in the grief journey.

Whether you are in the early or later stages of grief there are times that you may feel that it is becoming more difficult to focus on life after the loss of a child. Pat will be presenting some short meditations, applicable to your particular circumstance, that will help you to keep moving through the grief process. Everyone will find something of value in this talk. Following the short talk we will break into several different discussion groups.


Monday, JUNE 19, 2017
“Bucket of Blooms”
Each person will choose a fresh flower from a bucket of blooms and share why that flower reminds them of their child. A favorite activity and an opportunity to share our child’s name.

 

Monday, JULY 17, 2017
“Picnic and Balloon Release”
Members and extended family are invited to join us Monday, July 17, at 6:00 pm for our annual Picnic and Balloon Release ceremony. This event will take the place of our regular July meeting, but has an earlier start time of 6:00 pm. Rain or shine, we will dine indoors. Dinner will be first, followed by the Balloon Release.

Experience a release of grief as we send our balloons into the sky. It’s a powerful symbolic image, lifting our pain as we watch the balloons dance out of sight.



PAST MEETINGS:

“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.

Candle Lighting Ceremony
Join us for our annual, special remembrance program which takes the place of our regular meeting. Sign-in begins at 6 pm.

Our chapter’s annual memorial candle lighting program is Monday, December 19 at our regular meeting location, St. Joseph Parish Community in New Hope. This event takes the place of our regular Chapter Meeting. Parents, siblings, extended family, and friends are invited to join us.

The evening begins at 6:00 pm with sign-in; snacks and treats, along with cider and coffee will be served during 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 home as a memento.

The candle lighting program begins at 7:00 pm with beautiful music as well as readings by our members, followed by lighting of candles in remembrance of our children. The evening will conclude with our memorial photo video presentation of our children.

If we need to postpone due to severe weather, we will post a notice on our Facebook page, and http://www.WCCO.com under “school closings.”

A Walk to Remember
This is an annual event for our chapter. We walk to remember our children, siblings, and grandchildren who have died. This is our Chapter’s annual fund raiser. There is no fee to walk, but donations are appreciated. Please check for further information about this event by clicking here or read the information in our current newsletter which is published in this website and can be downloaded. Please note this is not a regular meeting.

“Foundation For Healing”
When our universe is knocked off kilter, what grounds us? How do we make sense of loss? What serves as our anchor? We will have a presenter followed by an open discussion that all are invited to participate in.

National Conference Reflection
Members who attended the recent National Conference will inspire hope as they share tools and insights acquired. The peace and serenity we gained by sharing our stories with hundreds of other parents was a transformation for all of us who attended…our hope is to bring back to our local chapters and share the insights and tools that we acquired which will help us to walk the grief journey…not alone, but with others…

Healthy Grieving
Make the connection of effects of grief on mind & body; relieve symptoms of stress while promoting awareness and health. We will be incorporating breathing and non-strenuous yoga techniques plus discussion of other ways to help you get through the grief process. And as always we begin each meeting with the sharing of our child’s story.

“Picnic and Balloon Release”

“Inventory Then & Now: Seasoned Grievers Look Back and Offer Hope”
A few seasoned grievers compare early grief behaviors and their present day behaviors on a variety of topics.

“Regrets: Woulda’, Shoulda’, Coulda’”
After our child dies we torment ourselves with the feeling that there was something more that we could have done to prevent their death…or that we had unfinished business…so many things that continue to haunt us…making it difficult to move forward.

“What’s In a Name?”
Every letter counts as we create a word art poster using the letters in 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.

“Memorial Walk to Remember”
This is our only fundraiser…..see poster on the home page of this site. Join us for our chapter’s 7th Annual Walk to Remember. We walk to remember the lives of our children, siblings and grandchildren who have died.

“Ask It Basket”
We’ll write a grief-related question on a card, place in a basket, then draw them out and ask the group to offer answers.

“The Art of Healing”
A picture worth a thousand words…
The creative process of making art may help us cope. By creating a collage with images and words torn from a magazine, we will encourage helpful healing.

“Bucket of Blooms”
A favorite activity for our members.
We’ll pick a fresh flower from a bucket of blooms and share why that flower reminds us of our child. An opportunity to say our child’s name and share a story.

“Whispers of Love, Signs from our Children”
Mitch Carmody, author, nationally known grief 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….?

“Thoughts difficult to put into words”
Have you had unexpected thoughts that you might call unreasonable, unpleasant, or even dark and scary? You might be surprised, yet reassured, to hear another grieving parent echo those thoughts.

“Am I Crazy or Is This Grief?”
An avalanche of secondary losses can occur. Mary Jo will explore this topic, sharing the insight she gleaned from attending this conference workshop.

“Getting Through The Holidays”
The topic for November is “Getting Through the Holidays”, ideas for coping with loss during the season of celebrations. There will be handouts and a small book on “Holiday Blues” for each family to take home. Co-Leader Monica Colberg will be facilitating the November meeting. 

“Handling The Holidays”
The work and pain of grief doesn’t take a vacation. The challenge is how to manage the pain. Sometimes the anticipation is worse than the actual day. We’ll explore options that may help you make a plan to handle the holidays.

“Now What?”
Major fall/winter holidays have past. Is it difficult to conjure up the energy and joy of a “Happy” New Year?

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ANGEL OF HOPE  Each year on December 6th at 7:00 p.m. a candle lighting memorial is held at the Maple Grove Angel of Hope statue, 9400 Fernbrook Lane. The public is invited to attend this short, simple, secular outdoor ceremony in memory of children who died at any age. Candles will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the statue in memory of loved ones. Afterwards, hot drinks and treats will be served across the street inside the Childhood Center. Participants are encouraged to arrive early and carpool as parking is limited. Additional parking is available across the street at the Arbor View Early Childhood Center, 9401 Fernbrook Lane and at the Grove Christian Center, 14320 93rd Ave. N. For more information contact the Maple Grove Parks and Rec. Dept. at 763.494.6504.
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WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014

TIME: 7:00pm – LOCAL TIME

WHERE: ALL OVER THE WORLD

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Light a candle in your home at 7:00 p.m. and join the wave of light.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website, http://www.compassionatefriends.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 at 9:00am – 12:00pm
“FRIENDS OF THE ANGEL, MAPLE GROVE, MN”
9400 Fernbrook Ln N, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369

Please join us on May 2, 2015 for our 5th Annual Walk to Remember at the Angel of Hope in Maple Grove at the Maple Grove Arboretum. Join us in remembering your loved ones by participating in our Annual Walk to Remember around Rice Lake in Maple Grove. The walk begins at the Angel of Hope located at the Maple Grove Arboretum — 9400 Fernbrook Lane.

Registration and Check In: 9:00 a.m. Remembrance Gathering: 10:00 a.m. Walk Begins: 10:30 a.m.

This will be a 4.5 mile walk around Rice Lake; photo remembrance signs will be displayed along the path; reading of the names of those who are being remembered; and kid’s craft activities. Pre-Registered participants will receive a T-shirt and a boxed lunch.

Advanced Registration Fee: Deadline April 18
Adult: $20
Children: $10 (under age 11)

Day of Registration Fee:
Adult: $25
Children: $15 (under age 11)

Questions: email to friendsofangel@comcast.net or visit http://www.friendsoftheangel.org
Deadline for preregistration: Saturday, April 18, 2015. T-shirts are available only with preregistration.

Walk is limited to 350 participants, so early registration is encouraged. Please leave pets at home.

To sponsor and order a personalized remembrance sign for your loved one, download the form from our website http://www.friendsoftheangel.org