Give to St. Mary’s Grief Support Services
Grief Support Services can make the difference between grieving in isolation and thriving in community.
Families touched by tragedy make their first call to close relatives and friends. Their second call is often to St. Mary's Grief Support Services.
Over the years, memorial gifts have been given, and endowed funds established to ensure that the St. Mary's Grief Support Services' mission of providing outreach to area youth in a school setting is able to continue. Community education and advanced training on suicide prevention, serious illness, and trauma support is regularly provided for mental health professionals, educators, volunteers, and clergy, thanks to your financial contributions.
How We Help
Since 1985, St. Mary's Grief Support Services has provided a safe place for grieving children, teens, and adults of all ages to heal. Because each individual's response to loss is unique, St. Mary's Grief Support Services offers resources for individuals and families. For those affected by a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one, we offer:
- Individual or family counseling
- Support groups
- One-to-one peer support
This can make the difference between grieving in isolation and thriving in community.
Essentia Health Foundation's Grief Support Fund enhances programs and services that benefit grieving families in our region. This fund supports ongoing compassionate care. This includes a Grief Resource Center and 12 Grief Support Groups for children, teens, and adults at no cost.
Gabriel's Gift is another resource offered at no cost to grieving parents whose child has died by miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, accident, suicide, illness, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This special fund provides materials for:
- Commemorative plaster footprints
- Baby caskets
- Baby quilts
- Memorial books
- Resource materials for parents and siblings of a brother or sister who has died
Donors of the Grief Support Services Fund often give in memory of someone special, and you are invited to do so as well.
Help grieving patients and families. Donate today.
Additional Ways You Can Help Those Who are Grieving
- Volunteer your time with Grief Support Services
- Spread the word to others
- Refer grieving families to our program for support
If you would like more information about St. Mary's Grief Support Services, please call 218-786-4402 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I have experienced a loss and know what a comfort it was to talk with and share feelings of grief so that healing could begin."
-Patti M., Grief Support Volunteer
Grief Support Volunteer Program
St. Mary’s Grief Support Service’s Volunteer Program offers an essential service to grieving patients. We offer many volunteer areas. Some require a one-year commitment, while others only involve a few hours.
- Person-to-Person Program: If you've experienced a loss, you can support a newly bereaved person who has had a similar loss by being an empathetic listener. This program is not therapy based. Rather, it encourages sharing and support on a one-to-one basis. You may talk with a bereaved person by phone, written correspondence, email, or in person. Grief Support Services will provide the six hours of training needed for this volunteer role. This role requires a one-year commitment.
- Bereavement Follow-up Program: Join other volunteers for monthly mailings of condolence cards and grief support resources to bereaved families. Grief support sends mailings at six weeks and at one year following the death of a St. Mary’s Medical Center patient.
- Grief Support Services Library: The Grief Support Services Library has more than 700 books on grief and loss and is open to the public. Library volunteers assist library patrons, re-shelve books, mail overdue notices, and help staff with occasional office tasks. We also have opportunities to write book reviews for our newsletter.
- Grief Support Services Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau: The Grief Support Services Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau enhances public understanding of grief and loss issues. It also promotes resources available to those who are grieving. As a trained volunteer, you can schedule presentations regarding common grief reactions and helpful coping options, as well as support those who are grieving.
- Clerical Support: Assist grief support staff with support group and volunteer mailings, organizing training and conference materials, and other requested tasks.
- Research and Writing: Research and writing opportunities vary and include creating grief support packets. These are offered to bereaved families at no cost. Resource materials are available through the Grief Support Services Library, but may also be collected through the Internet or public library. Current areas of need include updating information on living with a serious illness, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), bereaved mothers, adolescents and grief, seniors and grief, father loss, and infertility.
- Special Projects: Assist with conferences, public speaking, fundraising, Calvary Memorial Garden, and community outreach at health fairs and suicide awareness walk or run events. In recognition of October Pregnancy and Child Loss Awareness Month, Grief Support Services organizes special events supported by grief volunteers. Events include the White Ribbon Campaign and Families Remember With Love Memorial Service.
By volunteering, you'll make a valuable contribution to an organization that's reached thousands of bereaved families since 1985. You'll also have training opportunities with ongoing support from our staff. Other benefits include free parking and lunch while volunteering.
Become a Grief Support Services Volunteer
Call our volunteer coordinator at 218-786-4402 or email email@example.com. We'll schedule an interview and give you application materials. Following the interview, qualified applicants will sign up with the main Volunteer Services Office on the First Floor of St. Mary’s Medical Center and complete orientation.