Grief & Healing

Thompson-Larson Funeral Home
Main office
21 Third Ave SW
Minot, ND 58701
701-852-3446  Toll Free 1-800-679-4040
Fax  701-852-3050

You will probably feel a variety of emotions when you lose someone you love. The ability to make it through the death of a loved one can be challenging. You may have feelings of shock and disbelief, anger, guilt and depression.

Caring for yourself is not selfish. The period of recovery is different for every person. There is no timetable for grief, so don't compare yourself with others who have lost loved ones. Your life has changed and healing in your own way is important for the health of your mind, body and spirit. It's normal for some days to be better than others.

The following sources will provide you with sound information to help you manage your feelings and emotions at this most difficult time.

Local Grief & Healing Resources

Beginning Experience

Is a Christian support group for those grieving a loss. Their website is,  There is a local group in Minot as well as groups in Bismarck and Dickinson and they are beginning one in Williston.  For more information contact Marlys at 701-721-1742 or 701-839-6155 or e-mail

Camp Discovery
Offered to children six to 14 years of age who have experienced the death of a loved one. For dates please call the Trinity Hospice Office at 701-857-5083or Toll-free at 1-800-862-0005.

Trinity Hospice
This group offers three sessions each year entitled Hope and Healing After A Death. These are six week sessions for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Sessions are offered in September, January and March. Please call 857-5083 for dates and the time of sessions. Individual counseling is available by appointment at 857-5083.

LaDonna  the Social Worker at Home Health and Hospice will be facilitating a grief program that they offer to the Minot Community.  The group is entitled "Hope and Healing After A Death."   It is six weeks long and they will meet each Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Town and Country Mall in Minot. the Suite number is 306 and it is directly across the hall from the Trinity Business Office.   There are no costs associated with the group and group members are allowed to miss one session

Here are the scheduled groups for this year and for 2014:

September 24, 2013, October 1, 2013, October 8, 2013, October 15, 2013, October 22, 2013, and October 29, 2013.

for 2014
January 7, 2014; January 14,2014; January 21, 2014; January 28, 2014; February 4, 2014 and February 11, 2014

April 8,2014; April 15, 2014; April 22, 2014; April 29, 2014; May 6, 2014; May 15,2014 and May 20, 2014

If you have any questions, please call La Donna Schreiber, MSW, LCSW, at 701-852-5082.

Compassionate Friends
Is a support group for parents whose children of any age have died.  This group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at Trinity Medical Center in the 4th South Confrence Room. They also have a monthly newsletter  that is mailed monthly.  For more information on the group or the newsletter contact Chaplain Cliff Nelson at 857-5000 or JoAnne at

Community Professionals
The Minot area has several psychologists and psychiatrists who are available by appointment.

Local Pastors and Priests also have access to materials that can help you during this time.

Online Grief & Healing Resources

AARP Grief and Loss Programs
After Loss Grief Recovery Program
Air Crash Support Network

Paul Alexander's Bereavement Resources
Alive Alone
(assists bereaved parents that lost as only child or all of their children)
Alliance of Grandparents, A Support in Tragedy (AGAST)
American Association of Sucidology

Association For Death Education and Counselling
Bereaved Parents of the USA

Boulden Publishing (Publications for children in distress)
Butterfly Crossing (A Memorial Journal For Infant Loss)
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
Care giver and Bereavement Resources
Center for Loss and Life Transition
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

Counseling for Loss and Life Changes
The Compassionate Friends, national office
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)

Death & Dying
Global Ideas Bank, Death & Dying Section
Grief Inc.

Grief Resources Catalog (Books, Cards, Tapes & Gifts)
Growth House, Inc.
GROWW (Grief Recovery Online)
In Loving Memory

Life's End Bookstore
Maximum Living Consultant
The Mining Company Guide To Death And Dying
National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved
National Center for Grieving Children and Families
National Donor Family Council

National Public Radio's Series On Death
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
Parents without Partners

Renew: Center For Personal Recovery
Remebered Forever
SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
Society of Military Widows

Sympathy Sharing
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Webster's Death, Dying & Grief Guide
Wings of Light

Yahoo's Grief-Related Index