5 Ways to Help Teens Grieve

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv The death of a loved one is a difficult and profound lesson for any of us. Now imagine you’re already living in a continual and changing swirl of emotions even before someone you love dies. Teens are in a constant state of change even without something as dramatic and life-altering …

The Mourner’s Guide to Grief

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv Your grief is your grief, and it belongs to you alone. This sentiment may seem obvious. But it’s a good reminder as you may encounter many well-meaning friends and family members who want so badly to help you. Others may try to help by telling you how they think your …

How to Manage Grief Around Mother’s Day

Kriston Wenzel, Hospice of the Red River Valley grief specialist, shares tips on how you can manage the grief you may feel around Mother’s Day. Grief on special days can be overwhelming. Honor your grief by allowing yourself to feel the way you need to feel. Give yourself permission to honor the feelings you’re having …

Lean into Your Grief

by Janna Kontz, MDiv Being a grief specialist, it’s pretty easy to identify a whole lot of grief going on right now. You may or may not be grieving the death of a person who is significant to you, but you are grieving all kinds of other things: changes, losses, distances, lack, hunger (for so …

Social Distancing & Grief: 5 Tips for Good Self-care

by Janel Ruby, LBSW Does it feel like overnight the world as you know it has changed? If it does, you aren’t alone. Trying to balance the recommended guidelines for social distancing while grieving can be daunting. Does your daily life look different right now? Yes. Will this go on indefinitely? No. Taking good care …

How Do You Grieve When You Can’t Attend the Funeral or Participate in Rituals?

by Janna Kontz, MDiv William Kent Krueger writes in “Ordinary Grace:” “I had been to visitations before and have been to many since and I’ve come to understand that there’s a good deal of value in the ritual accompanying death. It’s hard to say goodbye and almost impossible to accomplish this alone and ritual is …

Caregiver Grief When Caring for Someone with Dementia

by Heather Larson, LSW, CT You sit down with a deep sigh and soak up the few minutes of quiet and calm that are a rarity these days. Your mind has a harder time slowing down than your body. You may worry about your loved one getting hurt or lost, or whether they are receiving …

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Signs of Complicated Grief & Ways to Cope

by Janel Ruby, LBSW, & Janna Kontz, MDiv We will all experience grief at some point in our lives. At its best, grieving is complicated. We may feel a variety of emotions when something in our lives has changed, been lost or has come to an end.  It may be the death of someone important …

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7 Ways to Help a Parent Who Has Lost a Spouse

by Jennifer Messelt, LMSW, LGSW  In my 14 years as grief specialist at Hospice of the Red River Valley, I’ve sat across from many grieving spouses. It’s been a privilege and honor to journey alongside them during their first year of grief. Through these interactions, I have learned about the grief reactions bereaved spouses have …