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Grief Support
When we lose a loved one, grief can turn our routine inside out. Sadness, confusion, shock and loneliness can occur. It may be trouble sleeping, low energy levels, or difficulty concentrating.

The Downtown Coalition for Grief Support offers an educational and emotional support group to those who have lost a loved one. Excellent speakers, trained facilitators and a group of others who have experienced loss make these sessions a place of healing. Gatherings occur on Saturday mornings. Scroll down to view the schedule of speakers.

While everyone responds to grief in different ways, at different paces, one thing remains constant: the ongoing support of family, friends and those who understand loss helps us heal.

The Downtown Coalition for Grief Support is a unique resource to help adults understand and express grief, and most of all, begin moving forward. We are an all-volunteer, non-denominational organization that believes in the power of people to turn pain into promise.

Because each of our members has come through an individual experience of loss, we offer encouragement, education and comfort on both professional and personal terms.

Speaker Fall 2017

Fall sessions will be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street

9:30 am—Refreshments
10:30-11:30—Small Group Discussion

September 2, 2017

Bob Bartlett

"The Effects of Grief"

September 9, 2017

Dick Obershaw

"The Myths of Grief"

September 16, 2017

Judy Young

"Why Do I Feel I'm Going Crazy?""

September 23, 2017

Eva Rogness

"Relationships and Grief"

September 30, 2017

Janet Larson

"Surprised by the Spirit?"

October 7, 2017

Dick Obershaw

"The Processing of Grief"

October 14, 2017

James Sewell

Video/Presentation--"Good Mourning" Dance Suite

October 21, 2017

Eva Rogness

"Grief and Stress"

October 28, 2017

Ted Bowman

"Thankfulness in the Midst of Grief and Grieving"

November 4, 2017

Elizabeth Johnson

"Writing Through Grief"

November 11, 2017

Jay Hillestad

“The Dynamics of Grief”

November 18, 2017

Paul Johnson 

"The Transformative Nature of Grief"

November 25, 2017

Cathy Paulsen

"Hope in Moving Forward"

December 2, 2017

December 9, 2017

Judy Young

“Grief and the Holidays”

December 16, 2017

Jasmine Wilson

“Music and Grief”

December 23, 2017

Service of Remembrance

December 30, 2017

Open Session