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Grief seminars planned

Anderson Funeral Home will be hosting a grief seminar at Anderson's on Broadway. (Echo Press file photo by Lowell Anderson)1 / 2
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Grieving the death of a family member or friend can be hard and at times, painful.

Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria will sponsor a grief seminar, "Growing Through Our Grief," at afternoon and evening sessions.

It will take place Mondays at 6 p.m. from March 5 through April 9 and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from March 6 through April 10. All sessions will be held at Anderson's on Broadway, 801 Broadway St., Alexandria.

Jeri Dawson, aftercare coordinator, and Barb Carstens, Anderson Funeral Home, will lead the seminar, which is intended to meet the needs of any persons working through the grief process resulting from the death of a loved one and to provide support to get through the steps of grieving.

Each session will include information and education on some of the primary stressors associated with the death of a loved one. The sessions will last about an hour and a half and will include a break.

There is no charge for the seminar. Anyone who would like help in the grief healing process is welcome to attend.

For more information or to register, call Anderson's on Broadway at 320-219-6278.

Grief sessions

Session 1: Overview of grief and the process of grieving — Introduction: the task of grieving.

Session 2: Feelings — How do I name them? What do I do with them? Video: "White Water."

Session 3: Impact of loss on the family — Your new role with friends and family, redefining myself/new coping tools.

Session 4: Reflections — Spiritual profile and personal recovery. Video: "Invincible Summer."

Session 5: Journal and letter writing — Recording our personal grief journey.

Session 6: Hope and healing — Taking care of myself, ritual of recovery.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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