Bereavement Ministry

Everyone experiences the death of a loved one in a personal way. Some need and want to talk about the loss of a loved one while others cannot speak easily of their feelings of grief, pain, and sorrow. All of us need caring support to work through our grief and find our way in our altered condition. Praying with others who are grieving provides collective strengthening as we journey along beside one another with attentive compassion. Every person has a unique story. But we all share in the commonality of deep sorrow and the need to adjust to an altered life; the life we are called to embrace, grow through, and grow into.  Those of us who are still alive cherish the connection with those who have died and oftentimes struggle to make sense of how to go on living our altered connection.

In The New Jerusalem Bible we see “Jesus wept; and the Jews said, See how much he loved him!” [John 11:35-36] He understands our sorrow. Let us support one another together as we grow into our individual altered lives.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY is now being held on Thursdays 

12:30 PM -- 2:00 PM in the St. Mark Church Children’s Cry Room

Please note: On all Thursdays before all First Fridays, there will be no Bereavement Ministry session. Perhaps you will choose to come and join us in silent Adoration on the Thursdays before all First Fridays.

Contact Joan Wania by email at: [email protected]

Through our times of loss, sorrow, grief & mourning, eventually . . .

LOSS may lead us to Searching ... Choosing ... Allowing

CHERISHING & HOPE may lead us to Finding ... Receiving … Gratitude

GRATITUDE for those who go before us may deepen as we embrace our fears, feelings and our personal and collective sorrows.

References will be included from the book TEARS, by Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI