The wonderful thing about technology is that it can bring people together from all over the globe to make it easier for you to find information and support networks in your time of need. The following are some of the tools available to assist you in your healing journey. If you’re still having trouble locating helpful information or finding what you need, contact us to discuss other resources and find a personalized solution to support you on the road to recovery.


Brighter Days Grief Center

Brighter Days Grief Center is a nonprofit organization serving grieving families in the state of Minnesota. They provide free grief support resources and services to adults, young adults, teenagers and children who are grieving the death or terminal diagnosis of a beloved family member. Through their many partnerships and gracious donors, they tailor compassionate services for each family member including access to grief and trauma support, legal and financial guidance, peer-based connections and youth/family workshops. Their signature program, Embrace-A-Family, provides financial assistance for basic necessities, academic support and youth/family events and activities. Additionally, they work with schools, communities and organizations to ensure grieving families receive compassionate and appropriate support in all settings.

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Hearts of Hope

Bringing Hope and Healing to Minnesota’s Grieving Children

Hearts of Hope Camp and teen retreat is a two-day camp designed to provide children with an opportunity to meet other children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent or significant friend. They share their feelings and memories. While they take part in the typical camp fun and games and arts and crafts, they also participate in memorialization activities such as candle lighting and balloon releases. A physician and funeral director are also available to address unanswered questions that the children may have regarding the death of their loved one.

Hearts of Hope Camp and teen retreat is free to the families we serve. McNearney Funeral Home makes a donation to Hearts of Hope in memory of the deceased for every family served and are the proud sponsor of children who wish to attend. For more information on Hearts of Hope, please contact us.

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Pat Sheveland

Patricia (Pat) Sheveland is a registered nurse and a certified life coach whose life purpose is to be a healing guide for those who grieve. As a child born into a grieving family, she brings a unique perspective to family grief and is a compassionate and loving support to those who are mourning the death of their loved one. Her B.R.E.A.T.H.E. grief coaching program focuses on helping the bereaved step onto the path of healing in their grief to create a life worth living again. Pat is also a certified funeral celebrant, serving families who choose funeral and celebration of life services outside of a formalized church. She is an Amazon best-selling author of How Do I Survive? 7 Steps to Living After Child Loss.

Patricia (Pat) Sheveland
Phone: (952) 210-3767
Email: patsheveland@msn.com

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Web Healing

Web Healing, the internet’s first interactive grief website, has served the bereaved on the net since 1995. It offers grief discussion boards where men and women can discuss issues related to grief and healing or browse recommended grief books. The site’s originator, Tom Golden, LCSW, is an internationally known psychotherapist, author, and speaker on the topic of healing from loss.

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The Compassionate Friends

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause), or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process. Through a network of more than 625 chapters with locations in all fifty states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.

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For more than fifty years, AARP has been serving its members and society and creating positive social change. AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change and delivering value to members through information, advocacy and service. Here you’ll find articles, discussions, and helpful information on dealing with end of life care, the challenges faced by caregivers, and how to deal with grief after a loss.

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MSW Degrees

Supporting Students Coping With Grief. Most people don’t want to think about the idea of death, let alone a young person having to cope with it. However, a study published in School Psychology Quarterly found that people are most likely to experience their first sudden loss during their youth—between the ages of 15 and 16.

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Mesothelioma Grief Guide

It’s never easy to lose someone you love. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma can be even more difficult, because a family member or close friend may be taken far too soon, bringing a sense of shock with feelings of grief, sadness and even depression.

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