Published on March 29, 2016

Altru’s Bereavement Services Host Events to Help With Grief

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru’s Bereavement Services will host multiple upcoming events aimed at helping those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Greif can be very tough, both for adults and children, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. These events strive to help people cope with loss and grieve in a healthy way. All are offered free to the public. 

Understanding Your Grief is a support group for adults. This group will meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m. for ten consecutive weeks, beginning March 31. Group size is limited. Additional groups will be offered throughout the year. Understanding Your Grief is a program of Altru Health System and is paid for through grants and donations from Altru Health Foundation. 

Camp Good Grief is a one-day camp held on April 9 that provides kids in grades 1-6 a safe place to process the death of a family member, to talk with other kids and adults who understand, and to begin the process of healing. We will use creative ways to express grief including; drawing, creating, journaling and dialog. Camp Good Grief is a program offered jointly by Altru's Bereavement Services and Child Life and is paid for through grants and donations from the Altru Health Foundation. 

Wings of Hope Bereavement Services will hold their Spring Burial and Memorial Service on Saturday, May 7, 2016. This service is for all families who have experienced an early pregnancy loss through miscarriage. The service will be held at Calvary Cemetery at 10 a.m.  

For more information on any of these offerings, or to register for Understanding Your Grief or Camp Good Grief, please contact Penny Millspaugh at 701.780.5257 or

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.