Grief Resources2023-01-30T12:32:48-06:00

Grief Resources

You may face insurmountable challenges, but you don’t have to walk through them alone. St. Andrew’s Pastoral Care ministry exists to reach out to members, friends and families of the church and community to share Christ’s healing love with all people.

Our care team consists of Pastoral Staff, a spiritual advisor, a parish nurse, a resource counselor and a variety of caring individuals experienced in walking with people through the storms of life, bringing the presence of Christ and promise of God to others.


Together in Grief – IN-PERSON – Thursday afternoons 4:30 – 6 pm
Fall 2023 session, starting Thurs., September 28th
Great Hall Building – Dot Room

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is offering an in-person, facilitated support group for those who are experiencing the loss of loved ones.
This will be an open support group – primarily focused on what members bring to share about how they are and where they are in their experiences.
The group will be lightly structured with an opening, closing and a suggested topic for discussion.

The hope for the group is that members will have an opportunity to share, listen, and support each other toward healing.

Meetings will be held in St. Andrew’s Great Hall building in the Dot Room on Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:00 pm from Sept. 28 through Nov. 16, 2023.
You can join the group at any time during the 8 week session. There is no cost to attend.

The group will be facilitated by a St. Andrew’s Pastor or Care Lay Minister.

To learn more about the group please contact: Lisa Grundtner, or 651.762.9117


Grief and Loss

Family Means Center for Grief and Loss
– Grief education and helpful articles addressing grief.

Resources by Author David Kessler, grief expert

Pastoral Care Team

Lisa GrundtnerDirector of Funeral Ministry / Support Groups
Brian NorsmanSpiritual Formation Pastor
John Swanson Pastor of Care & Visitation
Jocelyn GorhamFaith Community Nurse


Contact: Lisa Grundtner, Director of Funeral Ministry,  651.762.9117, or by using our Contact Us form. 

Download our Funeral / Memorial Service brochure

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26

Funerals and memorial services have a long history in our Christian culture. People gather together after the death of a loved one for at least three reasons.

  • First, they come to remember and celebrate the person’s life. Every human being leaves some kind of legacy and it is highly appropriate for family and friends to remember the unique life and stories of the deceased.
  • Second, people gather to say goodbye. This is often painful, but the public expression of sorrow often helps family and friends bring closure to the person remembered. The funeral or memorial service is one of the first steps in the healing process called grief.
  • Third, people gather to renew and strengthen their faith in God’s love expressed to us in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians we know that the grave is not the final word. Jesus and his promise of the resurrection give us the hope that someday all God’s children will be united around God’s heavenly throne.

We welcome any family that is seeking a Christian service for their loved one. Membership at St. Andrew’s is not required. Our staff is experienced and compassionate and can guide you through the basics of planning a service.

The St. Andrew’s Columbarium and Memorial Garden is located immediately north of the Sanctuary on our campus, and is another option for families to place cremated remains of their loved one.

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