The Grief Resource Center may be coming to Minnesota

The Grief Resource Center may be coming to Minnesota


Many of us have experienced a friend or family member getting Covid, but as variants change and more and more people get Covid, many of us have also lost a loved one to Covid or its complications. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website, there were 43,050 deaths in 2016, 44,361 in 2017, 44,730 in 2018 and 45,516 in 2019. However, the statistics are not yet available for 2020. What will they be? Does Covid raise these numbers?

Losing a loved one is an unbearable and difficult process for someone; just ask Randy & Tami Kruzel. They lost their seemingly healthy daughter unexpectedly and had no answer as to why back in 2013.

BriAnna Kruzel was 18 when she died unexpectedly on September 28, 2013 for unknown reasons. Branna’s parents Randy and Tami Kruzel had to deal with the devastating loss and tried to understand how this could happen to their happy, healthy sweet daughter.


In February 2018, they had the opportunity to visit a lodge located in Dansbury, Wisconsin, which helps people deal with their grief. Faith’s Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families who have lost a loved one, and also brings them along with others who are experiencing the same loss and grief. During their stay, Randy and Tami met other families who had tragically lost their children. There were authorized social workers leading discussions, as well as activities for relaxation such as massage, meditation, healing crafts, outdoor activities, free meals and more.

When Randy and Tami left the lodge, it changed them. It gave them a sense of hope, and they decided that it would be their mission to bring a similar cabin to central Minnesota so that people grieving in this area could get the help they needed without having to drive so far to find it. . At the time, they had no idea how much we would need this cabin after Covid.


Now more than ever, there is a need for devising by Randy & Tami Kruzel here in central Minnesota. Bri’s Lodge has been under development. Right now, they are in the fundraising phase of building the lodge. The purpose of the lodge is to provide services to:

  • Loss of a child regardless of age
  • Abortion or stillbirth
  • Spouse loss
  • Community loss
  • Suicide loss
  • Loss of a parent
  • Loss of a sibling


Many people want to make a donation to the lodge in memory of a loved one they have lost as they would rejoice in the help to get through the grieving process. If you would like to know more or make a donation, you can visit Bri’s Lodge’s website by clicking HERE.

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