Grief Resources2020-10-13T15:45:49-05:00

Grief Resources

We are facing unprecedented 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 – Monday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 – Starting Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is introducing a new, virtual, 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 offered throughout the next few months and 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 virtually on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30. Meeting dates for the fall are: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, and 1/4/2021. Cost for the entire fall session is $20. Scholarships are available; please contact Lisa Grundtner, lgrundtner@saintandrews.org, 651.762.9117 for details.

Group Facilitator is Pat Pardun who has  facilitated a grief support group 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 pat@soundmindnow.com or 651-433-2130

Use this link to register:  https://connect.saintandrews.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=4111&eventID=126610

 

Grief and Loss

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Center for Grief and Loss
– Grief education and helpful articles addressing grief in relation to the COVID crisis.

https://www.centerforloss.com/

Resources by Author David Kessler, grief expert

Pastoral Care Team

Kyle JacksonExecutive Pastor of Serve and Care
Dana GaborParish Nurse
Heidi LenderResource Counselor
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:

Lisa Grundtner, Director of Funeral Ministry,  651.762.9117lgrundtner@saintandrews.org

Download our Funeral / Memorial Service brochure

In Christian Sympathy

Christian love and sympathy are extended to families who mourn. May Christ’s resurrection bring hope and comfort to those who grieve their loss.  As a community of faith, we mourn the loss of the following sisters and brothers in Christ:

2020

Katie Arcand, 34, died October 9, 2020. A funeral service was held Thursday, October 15, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Sanctuary.

Lorraine Ford, 94, died April 4, 2020. A funeral service was held  Saturday, October 17, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Sanctuary.

Bruce Myers died at the age of 75 on April 29. A private family funeral service will be held on May 6.

Carol Voyen died at the age of 85 on March 10. Her memorial service was held on March 15.

Audrey Jensen died at the age of 85 on February 16. Her memorial service was held on February 27.

Phyllis Stenstrom died at the age of 88 on February 8. Her memorial service was held on March 30.

Herb Tousley died at the age of 67 on January 30. His memorial service was held on February 7.

Jane Palokangas died at the age of 77 on January 30. Her memorial service was held on February 6.

Phyllis Seim died at the age of 83 on January 24. Her memorial service was held on February 28.

Ruth Pallmeyer died at the age of 92 on January 22. Her memorial service was held on February 14.

Roger Olson died at the age of 91 on January 19. His memorial service was held on January 31.

Susan Oeltjen died at the age of 55 on January 6. Her memorial service was held on January 11.

2019

Margaret Patricia “Pat” Potratz died at the age of 88 on December 31. Her memorial service was held on January 8.

Crystal Skaggs-O’Connor died at the age of 37 on December 30. Her memorial service was held on January 15.

Kurt Legred died at the age of 63 on December 25. His memorial service was held on January 3.

Richard “Dick” Hegrenes died at the age of 87 on December 20.

Gladys Hogoboom died at the age of 90 on December 16. Her memorial service was held on December 28.

Betty Jeanson died at the age of 94 on November 29. Her memorial service was held on December 19.

Roger Hogstad died at the age of 75 on November 27. His memorial service was held on December 8.

Valerie Jutz died at the age of 61 on November 25. Her memorial service was held on December 9.

Shannon Seevers died at the age of 48 on November 23. Her memorial service was held on December 2.

Arndt “Jack” Duvall III died at the age of 88 on October 28. His memorial service was held on November 1.

Craig Hochsprung died at the age of 62 on October 22. His funeral service was held on October 25.

Robert “Bob” Nelson died at the age of 80 on September 28. His memorial service was held on October 11.

Mary Ann Oswald died at the age of 83 on September 24. Her funeral service was held on October 1.

Carol Pfutzenreuter died at the age of 81 on September 8. Her memorial service was held on September 28.

Barbara Swanson died at the age of 80 on September 4. Her memorial service was held on November 2.

Doris Buberl died at the age of 91 on August 22. Her memorial service was held on August 29.

Linda Sorenson died at the age of 67 on August 16. Her memorial service was held on September 16.

Ruth Barstad died at the age of 85 on August 11. Her memorial service was held on September 13.

Sandy Neville died at the age of 78 on July 24. Her memorial was held on August 23.

Bill Killian died at the age of 100 on August 3. His memorial service was held on August 14.

Tom Bennett died at the age of 84 on July 29. His memorial service was held on August 6.

Glenny Tomai died at the age of 85 on July 1. Her memorial service was held on July 6.

Lloyd Street died at the age of 84 on June 16. His funeral service was held on June 29.

William Cook died at the age of 88 on June 13. His memorial service was held on June 24.

Janice (Jan) Johnstone died at the age of 76 on June 5. Her memorial service was held on June 11.

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