Grief Resources2021-07-14T13:04:21-05:00

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: TOGETHER IN GRIEF

Together in Grief – IN-PERSON – Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8 pm – Starting Thursday, August 5
Great Hall Building – Green Room 

St. Andrew’s offers 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. Or, put another way, “To learn how to live,” as a member of a grief group once said.

Meetings will be held in the St. Andrew’s Great Hall building, Green Room from 6:39-8:00 pm. Meeting dates are August 5, 12 and 19; September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.  Cost for the entire fall session is $20. Scholarships are available; please contact Lisa Grundtner, lgrundtner@saintandrews.org, 651.762.9117 for details.  REGISTER HERE. 

Group Facilitator is Pat Pardun, St. Andrew’s Resource Counselor, who has  facilitated grief support groups in her church for the last few years. Pat is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. To learn more about the group please contact:   Pat Pardun at ppardun@saintandrews.org, 651.762.9155.

 

 

Pastoral Care Team

Dana GaborParish Nurse
Lisa GrundtnerDirector of Funeral Ministry / Support Groups

Funerals

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.

Funeral / Memorial Service / Columbarium information:

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

Download our Funeral / Memorial Service brochure

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