Meet the Founders

The journey to the creation of The Grief Club of Minnesota began for both of the co-founders, Cara and Sarah, when they were children as they both experienced the deaths of significant family members. Cara and Sarah both recognize and understand the multifaceted emotions that are felt when a family member dies and the importance of grieving together as a family.

Their grief journey’s inspired their professional careers of becoming social workers in the field of death, dying and bereavement with a special emphasis on supporting grieving children and teens. They have dedicated their entire combined 40 years in their professional careers as social workers and grief counselors to hospice, school grief counselors and co-founders of a private grief therapy practice.

Sarah Kroenke & Cara Mearns-Thompson

Cara and Sarah have the professional experience and bereavement expertise to make The Grief Club of Minnesota a safe and powerful place of healing and growth. Perhaps more importantly, they have a personal passion and energy for this mission that is vital to the success and sustainability of what will undoubtedly be an invaluable asset for the state.

Brook Griese, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Co-Founder – Judi’s House/JAG Institute, Denver, CO

Our Supporters

Our sincere gratitude to those who have supported the forward movement of The Club.  
We look forward to having others join us in a way that is meaningful to you as we work together to heal hurting hearts.

Cara and Sarah have created such a beautiful and healing place for families who have gone through what we have gone through. Our stories and experiences may be different, but our pain and loss are the same.

Member of the Grief Club

We need your support

The commitment and generosity from others is integral as we move forward with this important mission and vision of ensuring limited barriers to comprehensive, whole family care to grieving children, teens and families in Minnesota.