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Grief and Loss

The weight of grief can be overwhelming, whether you are anticipating a loss or have experienced a loss. Many factors impact each person’s grief and how one moves through it. St. Luke’s Hospice Duluth® can support you on this journey. We encourage taking time to rest, breathing through difficult days and remembering shared experiences.

Bereavement Support
As part of our Hospice Bereavement program we follow up with the primary bereaved person for 13 months after the death of a loved one. We are honored to be a part of your grief journey. All of our grief support services are offered as part of St. Luke’s Hospice Duluth, at no additional charge. These services include the following:

  • Phone calls from our bereavement coordinator or a bereavement volunteer
  • Grief counseling available by phone or in person
  • Written material, by request, to help process what you are feeling
  • Bereavement mailings sent out 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after a death and also during the holidays
  • A Hospice Memorial Service held twice a year, in April and October. You and your family will be invited to one of these within the year following the loss of your loved one

For additional support or information contact one of our St. Luke's Hospice Duluth Bereavement Counselors Lori Williams, LISW, at 218.249.6102 or Michelle Tretter, LGSW, at 218.249.6161.

Bereavement Mailings:

Additional Resources:

The Center for Loss: A website dedicated to "companioning" people who are grieving. There is information and resources regarding grief and loss.

The Dougy Center – National Center for Grieving Children & Families: Information, links to resources and online grief support groups for children and families.

Grief Anonymous: An organization founded to support grievers. Includes Facebook grief support groups, which are available 24/7. General information on grief, articles, videos and online grief workshops. An online community providing tools and insight for the bereaved.

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP): Information and resources for those who have lost someone to substance use or addiction. Essays, creative ideas, news, articles and more on how to cope with loss.

National Widowers Organization: Books, blogs, articles and more focused specifically on how men grieve.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – Grief and Loss: Helpful resources, including information on the grief experience and grief support.

Open to Hope: A non-profit with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. Read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

What’ A more modern approach to grief that includes a vast array of articles, tools and activities for all kinds of grief.