Grief: A Natural Disaster of the Heart

Coping with loss can be one of life’s biggest challenges. JFS offers a new series focused on education, support and hope for any adult grieving the death of a loved one, “Grief: A Natural Disaster of the Heart,” Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at JFS October 18, November 1, November 15 and November 29.

The group will be co-facilitated by Kris Linner, M.Div., BCC and JFS Community Program Coordinator Anne Myers. Kris is a retired board-certified chaplain who spent her career in end-of-life care as a chaplain in hospice and long-term care. She is a published author and national speaker on grief with more than 20 years of experience in leading grief support groups.

Anne Myers is a human services professional who worked in hospice for more than 20 years. She created and coordinated a bereavement camp for children and oversaw a grief support program for adults.

The four sessions will cover topics including:

  • What is normal grief?
  • Coping with the holidays
  • “Tasks of Grief” by William Worden
  • Hints for rebuilding
  • Behavioral and physical reactions to grief

In addition to grief education, there will be time for participants to share the story of their loved one in a safe, compassionate environment.

Participants should plan to attend all four sessions and have had a loss in the last 3-12 months. Email JFS Community Programs Coordinator Anne Myers at or phone her at (651) 359-7775 to register to attend.

The program is free; however, donations are appreciated at