Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Service of Remembrance

Grieving & the Holidays

With so many events these days that having to be cancelled or delayed, we at Carris Health Rice Hospice felt it was important to continue honoring those who have passed away on our program this past year and celebrate their memories. With well wishes, warm memories and a few tears and sadness, please view this Service of Remembrance as our hope and joy for you this Christmas season.

Service Of Remembrance - Carris Health from Willmar Assembly of God on Vimeo.

Getting through the first holiday season may be difficult after the death of a loved one. Along with the grief, we are also dealing with the changes that come with having the pandemic present in our lives. Be gentle with yourself and consider these suggestions.

Plan ahead: Bereaved individuals who experience the most difficulty with the holidays are those who have given little thought to the challenges. What do you need, how do you want to honor your loved one, cards, decorating, how will you have gatherings? Prioritize and plan a small goal each day.

Live in the Moment: Anticipating a day can be worse than the day itself. It’s okay to make changes. Seek ways to help you get through each day. Take time to rest, refresh, and renew.

Create Rituals: Creating rituals will honor their memory and help you remember as well. Find ways to remember your loved one. Buy or make an ornament, bake their favorite goodies, light a candle, play music that offers you comfort or that they really enjoyed!

You may want to partake in two opportunities that Carris Health - Rice Hospice is offering this season as well:

Virtual Service of Remembrance

  • This virtual format will provide you and your family with an opportunity to be a part of a meaningful remembrance event. Remembrance video will be available early December 2021.

Virtual Holiday Grief Support Group

  • This support group will be held virtually for six weeks. We encourage you to attend all sessions but understand that you might not be able to attend all of them due to other commitments. We will be discussing grief pertaining to the holidays, and how we can prepare and live through it. The pain may be lessened when shared with others.
  • The support group will start Monday, November 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm and continue every Monday afternoon through December 27,2021.
  • To register for the virtual grief support group you can email or call Carris Health - Rice Hospice at 320-231-4450. Please provide your name, email address, phone number, and person who has died. You can also register online here.
  • By completing the registration and providing your email address, you are consenting to be a part of this Holiday Support Group.