Why We Do It

It is imperative that every bereaved child, teen and their family, from every culture and social circumstance have access to comprehensive, grief focused, trauma-informed, whole family, compassionate care.

By The Numbers

1 in 14
children in the US
will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18.
73,000
children in MN
are estimated to experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18.
184,000
children & young adults in MN
are estimated to experience the death or a parent or sibling by the age of 25.
*According to the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) 2020.

What We Know

  1. Research supports that the type of therapeutic services offered through The Grief Club of Minnesota are the most effective way to support grieving families and their mental wellness.
  2. Whole family grief care can strengthen a family’s performance, functioning, and communication.
  3. Preventative services that address childhood and teenage grief has the potential to significantly reduce the risk for psychological and behavioral health problems, including increased rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and truancy.
  4. By offering the services all in one location, and at no cost to the participants, we remove barriers that limit access to obtaining high quality, comprehensive grief care. 
  5. Everyone’s grief is unique and therefore their needs for processing are unique. Offering multiple modalities of grief expression through art, music, play, yoga, mediation, and verbal communication can enhance the healing.  

Investing in our children and teens will help them build the resilience and coping skills needed to adjust to a death, and enable them to handle future challenges and make contributions toward building healthier and safer communities.

Grief is not a problem or an issue that can be fixed. It is a process of transforming pain and suffering into healing and hope.