2020 Spring Grief Class Schedule

**With the concern and spread of COVID-19, some of our classes could be rescheduled or canceled this season. We will monitor and update registrants, as needed.**

Hospice of the Red River Valley is committed to making educational and support opportunities available to our communities. We are offering grief support programming in several communities this spring, including Ashley, Ellendale, Fargo, LaMoure and Lisbon, N.D.; and Ada, Crookston and Detroit Lakes, Minn.

The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all classes, except “A Life Remembered” service and the seasonal support group. A complete listing of available classes follows:

Journeying Through Grief

Journeying Through Grief is a free series of classes designed for those who are recently bereaved. It is intended for adults 18 years and older who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The sessions will help you better understand the grief process, explore methods of self-care, and embrace and carry memories with you as you move forward.

Fargo, N.D.Register Now

  • A series of three classes held on Thursdays, April 9, 16 & 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley office, 1701 38th St. S., Fargo (Use west door)
  • Pre-registration required by April 6

Youth Journeys

Youth Journeys is a daylong program for youth, ages 7 to 18, who have lost a loved one. The day is broken down into sections, allowing youth a chance to explore how the death of their loved one has affected their lives, their feelings, self-care and how to embrace memories. Youth will have an opportunity to meet our pet therapy dogs. The day ends with a celebration of life service. Parents/guardians are also required to attend a portion of the day. Food and snacks are provided throughout the day. This class is free and open to the public, but pre-screening and pre-registration is required. Please note: If you are signing up for Youth Journeys, our staff will call you and you must speak to someone before attending the session so we can ensure we’re providing the most beneficial support.

Fargo, N.D.Register Now

  • Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley office, 1701 38th St. S., Fargo (Use west door)
  • Pre-screening and pre-registration required by April 13

Grief 101_How to Help Ourselves & OthersGrief 101: How to Help Ourselves & Others

When grief enters our lives, our world changes. Learn the basics of grief and how to manage it in your life or help those around you. Attendees will explore the grief process, learn self-care strategies and discover ways to help others who are dealing with grief.  This class is free and open to the public.

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Ashley, N.D.

  • Wednesday, April 22 from 1-3 p.m.
  • Ashley Senior Citizen Center, 111 Center Ave. N., Ashley
  • Pre-registration required by April 15

Ellendale, N.D.

  • Thursday, April 30 from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Senior Center, 67 1st Ave. S., Ellendale
  • Pre-registration required by April 23

Without My Better Half

Practical Information for Those Who Have Experienced the Death of a Spouse or Partner
This is a series of classes designed to offer practical information and tips for some of life’s challenging tasks after the death of a spouse or partner. The series is an interactive experience with time for questions. *Please note: You do not have to attend all sessions to participate; you can attend any or all of the sessions.

Session 1: Wednesday, April 29
Grief 101 and the importance of self-care and physical movement. Come ready to move and learn how to stay active every day.

Session 2: Wednesday, May 6
Estate planning and other legal and financial matters

Session 3: Wednesday, May 13
The challenges of cooking and dining for one

Session 4: Wednesday, May 20
To sell or not to sell – tips from a real estate agent as well as a widower on packing and moving

Session 5: Wednesday, May 27
Vehicle and home maintenance

Detroit Lakes, Minn.
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  • *Wednesdays, April 29-May 27 from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Pelican Landing, 1325 Pelican Lane Dr., Detroit Lakes
  • Pre-registration is required one week prior to each class date

A Creative Outlet for Grief: Do-it-yourself Memorial Pots

Join us for a session of creativity and remembrance as we create do-it-yourself memorial pots. This class will feature local gardening experts who will guide attendees through the creation of a beautiful flowerpot. Attendees will also learn ways to cope with grief and important self-care strategies with others who have experienced a similar loss through death. This class is free and open to the public.

LaMoure, N.D.Register Now

  • Sunday, May 3 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Harmsen’s Greenhouse, 9823 Highway 13, LaMoure
  • Pre-registration required by April 27

Lisbon, N.D.

  • Tuesday, May 12 from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • B&B Gardens, 1011 Oak St., Lisbon
  • Pre-registration required May 5

Guided Meditation for Grief

Join us for a guided meditation session to explore grief and healing through mindful relaxation techniques. The session will allow attendees a chance to cultivate positive self-care through focus, non-judgement and compassion. Guided mediation and mindfulness can help you live with your loss and continue living life in a meaningful way. No experience is necessary for this class, and the session will focus on using your mind.

Fargo, N.D.Register Now

  • Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley office, 1701 38th St. S., Fargo (Use west door)
  • Pre-registration required by April 30

A Life Remembered Service

Gather with us as we remember and honor those who have died through a remembrance service. This is a peaceful time to reflect on the loss of someone special in your life. This is not a spiritual service, rather a time to celebrate and remember, and find fellowship and strength alongside others. There will be an opportunity to honor your loved one through a photo wall. If you would like to do so, please bring a photo to the service. The event is open to all community members; no registration is required.

Ada, Minn.

  • Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, 700 East Thorpe Ave., Ada, Minn.

Please note: the Grand Forks remembrance service has been postponed.

Seasonal Grief Support Group

Hospice of the Red River Valley offers a three-month grief support group open to any adult grieving the loss of a loved one through death. This group offers attendees a safe, supportive environment for sharing their grief and learning from others who have experienced a loss through death. Attendees do not have to attend the first session to participate. This support group is free and open to the public; no pre-registration required.

Crookston, Minn.

  • Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month (April, May & June) from 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Crookston Public Library, 110 N. Ash St., Crookston

We are committed to making educational and support opportunities available to our communities. Registration is required for all classes, except “A Life Remembered” service and the seasonal support group. 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 support groups at several locations. 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.