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Growing Through Grief fund

Supporting kids in our local community for more than 23 years

Growing Through Grief is a grief support program provided to elementary, middle and high school students who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. We provide grief services free of charge to the student on a regular basis throughout the school year. Our team also provides the school community collaborative crisis management support for death related incidence, such as when a staff member or student dies.

Growing Through Grief is collaboration of Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Health Services. The program encourages students to express their emotions in a safe and healthy manner, while also honoring their loved one, embracing the healing process and finding hope.

Growing Through Grief

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Growing Through Grief is entirely supported through philanthropy. Each week, Growing Through Grief supports more than 550 elementary, middle and high school students in 15 school districts across 82 public schools. All grief counselors are mental health professionals that use crisis-based strategies and developmentally designed grief curriculum to support student's social, emotional, and academic needs while managing their grief. Support offered includes:

  • Peer grief support groups
  • Individual counseling
  • Death-related crisis support to schools
  • Community and staff education
  • Referrals, books and resources

Partnering School Districts

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage; Eastern Carver County; Eden Prairie; Edina; Hopkins; Minneapolis; Minnetonka; New Richmond, WI; Osseo-Maple Grove; Prior Lake-Savage; Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan; South Washington County; St. Louis Park; Wayzata and Westonka. Eight more districts are currently on our waiting list. 

Park Nicollet Foundation

Park Nicollet Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of patients, families and communities through partnerships and philanthropy. Our work impacts thousands of people across Park Nicollet clinics and specialty centers, Methodist Hospital, in our schools and throughout our community. 

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