Archive for August, 2010

Grief and loss speaker

    Erin Barnett, M.A. a grief and loss specialist with experience in both individual counseling and consulting, will present a talk titled:  “A Healing Journey: Grieving and Grace” on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Northfield Hospital’s front lobby. 

           A Northfield resident, Barnett has a special interest in working with people who find their inner lives transformed by their loss. She will draw upon a wide range of experiences, including work at the Center for Grief & Loss in Santa Cruz CA, serving as bereavement coordinator for hospice in Mankato, and consulting with mental health professionals in post-Katrina New Orleans. 

    Barnett’s presentation will serve as a prelude to an optional six-week bereavement support group. The group, facilitated by Amanda Pettis, MSW, and Katie Jacobi, MSW, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hospital’s Meeting Room A and then will meet every Wednesday through October 27.  Both the presentation and the group are free and open to the public. You need not have had a family member in Hospice to join the group. The group will be closed after the second week. Pregistration is strongly encouraged. For more information about the group, or to register contact: Amanda Pettis, (507) 646-1037 or  People may also register the night of the event. Both the talk and the support group  are sponsored by Northfield Hospice.

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