FamilyMeans has several events held throughout the year, from events in support of the whole agency to gatherings in support of specific programs; our calendar is booked with opportunities for you to support the community!

See several of our upcoming events here. Contact our Fund Development office at 651-439-4840 with questions regarding how you can support or participate today. 


Nature Immersion for Healing 

Please join us for a safely-distanced outdoor nature immersion experience to help ease the pain of grief and loss.  This 2 hour session, led by certified yoga instructor Dallas Rising, is designed to help you tune into your senses. Enjoy both guided and silent portions to help you connect with nature as part of your healing from grief, trauma, or loss.

Inspired by Japanese practice shinrin-yoku (a.k.a forest bathing or forest therapy), you will take part in a multi-sensory session. The instructor will encourage you to experience the sounds of rustling branches, the feeling of gentle winds, and the sights of summer sunshine. Surrounded by natural beauty, you will take time to notice the details and find comfort in the simple restorative power of nature. Studies have shown immersion in the outdoors is a proven way to reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure; all of which help in your healing process. 

Two upcoming sessions: 

- Friday, July 30 8am -10am SOLD OUT 

- Friday, August 13 8am - 10am 


Location: MEND: A Grief Sanctuary | 6515 Babcock Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Cost: $55 per person - Limit 7 Participants  


Register Here

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Memorial Gathering Banner 

Memorial Gathering for Hope & Healing - Virtual

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 

Time: 7pm - 8pm 

Registration required. Suggested donation of $10 per individual to support the work of the Center for Grief & Loss


The Memorial Gathering for Hope & Healing is an opportunity for people to come together with others to share their losses, reflections, and hopes for the future. We hope you can join us.

For over 11 years, the FamilyMeans Center for Grief & Loss (CGL) has held an annual memorial walk to bring together the community for remembrance and reflection. As we continue to face the challenges that have come with Covid-19, we have decided to offer this event in a virtual format in 2021. As in the past, this event will include a brief program presented by the CGL staff which includes a candle lighting ceremony, poems, and reading of the names of individuals that we gather to remember. In place of the usual walk, we will welcome Certified Yoga Instructor, Dallas Rising, for a gentle guided meditation session and grief ritual. 

The live event will be streamed over zoom. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event with information on how to join in. 


Register Here