2021 Monthly Grief Class Schedule

Hospice of the Red River Valley is committed to making educational and support opportunities available to our communities. Our grief support programming is now offered virtually this fall. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all classes.

A complete listing of available classes follows:

 

“Hands-On” Grief: Grief Education with an Artistic and Botanical Flair

Register NowResearch shows intentional hands-on activities help not only to comfort us in our grief, but also integrate our sense of loss and facilitate moving toward healing. Hospice of the Red River Valley offers a one-session seasonal art planter project accompanied by teaching moments emphasizing change, growth and hope. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 22, so arrangements can be made to pick-up class supplies. In some cases, the packets/lists may be mailed.

  • Thursday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Celebrating Memories for Kids

Register NowIn this class, kids ages 8-16 will have an opportunity to learn about what grief is and how honoring our memories of someone who has died can help them to live on in our hearts. Kids will learn to celebrate memories while creating their very own memory box. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by May 24, so arrangements can be made to pick-up class supplies. In some cases, the packets/lists may be mailed.

  • Thursday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Journeying Through Grief

Register NowJourneying Through Grief is designed for adults 18 years and older who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The session will help you better understand the grief process, explore methods of self-care, and embrace and carry memories with you as you move forward. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by one day prior to the class date.

  • Thursday, July 1 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Comfort Pillows for Kids

Register NowYouth ages 8-16 will learn what grief is and how to identify their personal grief feelings and reactions. They will also learn the importance and benefits of keeping memories alive and how to practice good self-care. This class will involve group discussion, and making their own comfort pillow. We recommend an adult be nearby or accessible during the class to assist the child, if needed. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by July 26, so arrangements can be made to pick-up class supplies. In some cases, the packets/lists may be mailed.

  • Thursday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Layers of Loss

Register NowMost of us have experienced a loss through death, but what about other types of loss? The pandemic has caused more losses than ever. How do we cope with the loss of normalcy, structure, routine and more? In this class, participants will talk about different types of losses and ways to manage loss for ourselves and those around us. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by one day prior to the class date.

  • Thursday, September 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Pets and Loss

Register NowOur pets are our companions and a big part of our lives. Most animals don’t live as long as humans, and the loss of our pets can deeply affect us. This course will share some coping mechanisms to help grieve and honor our pets when they die. It will also explore how pets can help us through our grief journey when we lose someone else. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by one day prior to the class date.

  • Thursday, October 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Grief During the Holidays

Register NowThe holidays are a time of giving thanks, joy and laughter. For people who are grieving, the holidays often bring a mixture of emotions and feelings. Suffering the loss of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but the holiday season can intensify feelings of loss. This class will enable attendees to identify and learn how to manage the emotions that can surface when grieving during the holidays. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by one day prior to the class date.

  • Thursday, November 4 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

“Hands-On” Grief: Elements of Nature Remembrance Candle

Register NowIn this hands-on class, participants will explore grief through a creative project that will incorporate elements from nature into a decorative remembrance candle. Symbolism of these elements will serve as a teaching tool about loss and resilience. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Nov. 19, so arrangements can be made to pick-up class supplies. In some cases, the packets/lists may be mailed.

  • Thursday, December 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Registration
We are committed to making educational and support opportunities available to our communities. Registration is required for all classes. All classes listed are offered free of charge; however, donations are always welcome to help offset the costs involved. Register for classes below or call (800) 237-4629 and ask for the grief support department.

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Hospice of the Red River Valley also offers a variety of virtual support groups. It is our hope that these programs will equip attendees with a better understanding of grief and loss, as well as a place to find others who have shared a similar experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (800) 237-4629.