• December 9 to 11, 2022



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A Different Kind of Grief

Center City, MN

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Like waves against a shore, the pain from the loss of a loved one due to addiction crashes endlessly against us. The grief is so intense and personal—it seems no one can understand what was taken from us, and we can't possibly describe how important they were.
But others have experienced this loss too. And together we can make a healing space where our feelings are seen, heard and validated.
Join facilitators Gloria Englund and Margaret Swift Thompson for this special retreat. Inside a safe environment, they provide new tools to manage your grief while respecting and cherishing the memory of your loved one. 
You will:
  • Build a safe support system
  • Engage in helpful small-group activities
  • Attend lectures and a special panel event
  • Find opportunities to heal and reflect
Due to the intensity of this grief, we request that participants be six months removed from the passing of a loved one.


Friday, December 9 to Sunday, December 11

Please call the Renewal Center at 1-800-262-4882 for more information and to register.

Dan Anderson Renewal Center
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN 55012

About the Presenters

Gloria Englund Gloria Englund is a psychotherapist who holds a master of arts in human development.  She is a published author and certified recovery coach, and has been a member of the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support since 2013. Englund created A Different Kind of Grief in 2012—five years after her son died from heroin overdose, and after dealing with stigma and judgment around her son's addiction. You can learn more at
Margaret Swift Thompson Margaret Swift Thompson, LADC, CTA Certified Coach, began her counseling career at Hazelden Betty Ford in 1998. She is passionate about helping loved ones recover from the family disease of addiction. Swift Thompson is a MISS Foundation compassionate bereavement care certified provider. In 2021, she launched her own business, Embrace Family Recovery. You can learn more about her at or through the Embrace Family Recovery podcast.


*COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements
Guests who attend in-person Renewal Center programs on the Center City campus must agree to the following COVID-19 mitigation requirements:

HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION PHOTO POLICY: By attending this public event, I hereby grant the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation the right to use and publish photographs and videos of me, or in which I may be included, for editorial trade, advertising, and any other purpose and in any manner and medium and to alter the same without restriction. I hereby release the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and its legal representatives and assigns for all claims and liability relating to said photographs and videos.


The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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