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About Us

 

Through our focused work as grief counselors, we are committed to helping our clients find purpose and a sense of hope and healing in the midst of their grief journey.  

Both of us have a particular passion and expertise for working with children, teens and families in the days, months, and years after they have experienced the death of a family member or close friend.  We provide a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which our clients can safely explore personal and family system changes, cope with the physical, emotional and psychological grief reactions, as well as, talk about the memories of their loved one.

We believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires our client’s unique perspective and experiences to be heard and honored.  We can work closely with parents, the family unit, school counselors and pediatricians to provide the optimum level of care and healing.


Sarah Kroenke, LSW, FT

Sarah Kroenke, LSW, FT

About Sarah

For over the past 24 years, I have had the honor of working in the field of dying, death, grief and oncology as a  licensed social worker in hospice and a school grief counselor.  My career has been dedicated to providing support and counsel to children, teens, young adults and adults through individual counseling, grief support groups, and crisis and trauma work.  

My lifework has allowed me to participate in the development of school based grief support programs, function as the program coordinator and a grief counselor.  I have written age-appropriate grief support curriculums, as well as, other grief support booklets.  

I am fortunate to be the author of two published books.  Hope Heals:  A Journal of Love, Loss and Memories and Words to Live By.  Presenting, nationally, on the topic of grieving children, teens and families at the  National Alliance for Grieving Children conference, as well as at, schools, churches, hospice retreats and fund raising events is something I appreciate being able to do.  I have facilitated support groups for people living with cancer and their caregivers.  For many years, I  participated in planning and facilitating grief support groups for an annual family grief retreat.

Throughout my extensive career in grief work, I have been continuously reminded to appreciate what matters most in life and recognizing that just as grieving is a life long process and an extension of love, so is healing.  

Affiliations

  • Trained Field Traumatologist, American Green Cross

  • Nominee for National Alliance for Grieving Children Service of Excellence Award

  • Member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children

  • Member of the Minneapolis Children’s Grief Consortium

  • Consultant for a non-profit grief center

  • Past member of the Minnesota Hospice Organization Education Board

  • Certified in Death Education

 
Cara Mearns-Thompson, MSW, FT

Cara Mearns-Thompson, MSW, FT

About Cara

My work with grieving children and families began over 11 years ago while I was working as a hospice social worker.  I found great privilege in being trusted to provide intimate in-home emotional support to families while anticipating the death of their loved one.  On occasion, I facilitated in a local hospital setting, an adult grief support group, and a young widows grief support group.

Most of my working career has been spent supporting grieving children and teens in a school based grief support program.  Within this program I have been involved in crisis and trauma work in schools, in addition to the weekly grief support to students.  I love the energy and natural wisdom of children and teens! I have co-authored a published school based grief curriculum, and presented on the topic of children’s grief to schools, churches, and hospice annual retreat education sessions. I enthusiastically was a staff member for a number of years at the annual Family Grief retreat put on by multiple Minneapolis area hospitals.

 Affiliations

  • Trained Field Traumatologist, American Green Cross

  • Member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children

  • Member of the Minneapolis Children’s Grief Consortium

  • Consultant for a local non-profit grief center

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Masters Degree in Social Work, University of St. Thomas/ College of St. Catherine  license # 16948

  • Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison