Grief expert to speak Sept. 22 on “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion”

Grief and Loss Support Group to meet weekly; plus, drop-in group begins

Individuals experiencing grief and loss have two options for support this fall: a support group that meets weekly, and a less formal drop-in group, both offered by Northfield Hospice.

As a prelude to the support group meetings, clinical counselor Naomi Mandsager Bartley will present “Grief in Community: Responding with Compassion” on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level). This event, and support group meetings, are free and open to the public.

The eight-week support group will be facilitated by a Northfield Hospice social worker and Hospice volunteer. The support group is open to the public; participants do not need to have a family member in the Hospice Program to join the group. Pre-registration is required. 


 Grief and Loss Support Group

Thursdays, Sept. 29 – Nov. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Northfield Hospice and Home Care office

1600 Riverview Drive

To register: Katie Jacobi, MSW (507) 646-1037 or


Separately, the new Drop-in Group for Grief and Loss is open to individuals of all ages experiencing all types of loss. Those who are grieving a death, divorce, estrangement from a family member or loss of friends due to a recent move are welcome to attend this informal and welcoming circle of support. The group provides a space to be with others who are grieving, and helps participants find resources in the community.

Starting Sept. 19, the drop-in group will meet on the third Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway (room 104).

For healthcare professionals, 1 free CEU credit will be available for the Sept. 22 presentation. Participants can register that evening for their credits.

Naomi Mandsager Bartley, Ph.D., LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor treating individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with clients seeking help with grief, loss, and/or trauma. Dr. Bartley employs an integrative approach to healing, incorporating depth psychology, spiritual counseling, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She has over 20 years’ experience, most recently working at the Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul while establishing her private practice in Northfield. Dr. Bartley is a member of the Northfield Grief Coalition, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, EMDRIA, and the Minnesota Jung Association.

Northfield Hospice is a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.