Grief & Bereavement Resources

When you or a loved one experiences a traumatic situation or the loss of a friend or family member, turn to Essentia Health for resources to help you cope.

Grief Support Resource Center (Library)

If you live in or near Duluth, Minnesota, you can visit our Grief Support Resource Center.

Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 1-3 pm or by appointment

Phone: 218-786-4402

Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center
Room 2216

Education Materials Relating to Your Grief

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Grief Support: Coping with Grief During the Holidays Video Transcript


The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health. Gina Dixon, L. P. , Grief Support Services

GINA DIXON: The holidays can be such a bittersweet time for people who are grieving. There's just reminders everywhere about celebrating and that can be such a disconnect for people are feeling sad and missing their loved one. And so that sense of just exhaustion and wanting to retreat from those reminders can be so natural. I encourage people who are grieving around the holidays to really be gentle with themselves. You know, remember to slow down, cut back on obligations, make some choices that are intentional about what's helpful for you and communicate those choices to the people that are closest to you. It might be helpful to start a new tradition this year, such as lighting a candle in memory of your loved one or participating in a support group, connecting with other people who are grieving. And rituals like our tree of light ceremony that provides an opportunity to remember, and to honor, and to gather with others who are grieving in a meaningful way.

Make An Appointment

To make an appointment for Grief Support Services call 218-786-1255.

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