Couples’ grief deepens compassion for others experiencing loss

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By Kristi Anderson
The Visitor


Jim and Sandy Wenner with their daughter Rose, 8. (Dianne Towalski / The Visitor)

Jim Wenner is well trained in the funeral home business. For more than 150 years, his family has owned and operated funeral homes in the Cold Spring and Richmond areas. Ever since he could walk, he remembers watching his father direct funerals and offer solace to grieving families.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in biology at St. John’s University, he participated in the ROTC program and finished his military service in the U.S. Army in May 2000.

Wenner then entered the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities to complete a degree in mortuary science. By June 2001, he was working in the family business full time.

But none of his training prepared him for the grief of losing his own child.

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