Growing Through Grief offers grief support and education to children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The program provides grief support groups, individual counseling, continuing education for staff and the community, peer helper training and more. For more information, call 952-993-6209.
School districts currently receiving Growing Through Grief services include:
- Apple Valley-Rosemount-Eagan
- Osseo-Maple Grove
- Prior Lake-Savage
- St. Louis Park
The family of Katy McCourtney, in cooperation with her school, other families, Methodist Hospital Hospice and Park Nicollet Foundation, established the program. Upon Katy's death at age 29, her family wanted to establish a living memorial to what was important to her. Katy's love of children, combined with the grief she felt at the death of her father, led to a memorial to help children deal with grief.
Hope Heals: A Journal of Love, Loss and Memories
Hope Heals is a keepsake journal created for teenagers and adults who have lost a loved one. This journal was created out of an appreciation and understanding of how difficult and life changing it is to experience the death of a loved one. The book serves as a tool to discover growth and strength in the midst of the pain. Elements of the book were first used in group and individual grief counseling sessions as part of Park Nicollet Foundation's Growing Through Grief program. This book provides a place to write details of a loved one's death and memories of their life, along with thoughts and feelings that are part of the healing process.
Buy the book at shop.parknicollet.com