It is our goal to be companions for the bereaved, from the time of their loved one’s death until the time that they are no longer in need of our support.
“At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”
Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4
Bereavement ministers work with the family in the planning of the wake service, funeral Mass, and burial rites. Those who share in the work of the Bereavement Ministry provide caring support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Follow-up pastoral care after the funeral is also provided.
Grief Support: Finding Hope/Healing Hearts
Finding Hope/Healing Hearts is a 10-week support group for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a closed support group facilitated by the Director of Human Concerns. Participants are offered education/information as well as support. There is a fee to cover the cost of books and materials. New groups are formed 3-4 times per year.