Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one.
Still, few of us are prepared for a journey that is at times
devastating, frightening and lonely. After severe loss, it is important
to give oneself time to work through the natural process of grieving. In
order to move beyond our grief, however, we need to take an active role.
Then, through prayer and the support of caring individuals, somewhere
along this journey, the pain of our loss will turn into healing.
Recognizing that a bereavement program may be helpful at this most
difficult time, the St. Joan of Arc Bereavement Ministry offers two
separate programs to provide support.
YEAR ROUND MONTHLY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
THE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP provides personal support to
individuals throughout the grieving process. The ministry also hosts
year round, monthly group meetings, which provide a forum for discussion
and an exchange of pertinent information. At these meetings informal
presentations and roundtable discussions are used to deal with the
various aspects of grieving and the new role the bereaved must assume.
focus of these approaches is to help the bereaved adapt to their new
further information please call Barbara 508-240-1090 or Liz 508-896-4916
NEW DAY EIGHT WEEK BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM
THE NEW DAY BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM addresses the recently bereaved who
are experiencing the early stages of grief but is also suitable for
those who have been unable to benefit from this type of program in the
past. NEW DAY is designed to give participants time to work through the
natural process of grieving in a small group atmosphere of care and
program, meeting once a week for eight weeks in the spring or fall, is
not a therapy session. It is an opportunity to journey from grief to
healing with others who have also experienced loss. Weekly sessions
follow a text, THE NEW DAY JOURNAL, which has been given a special award
of merit by the National Catholic Family Life Ministers. The sessions
focus on working through the four tasks of grief and include such topics
as Adjusting to Loss, Creating Cherishable Memories, and the Spiritual
Journey of Grief. Trained facilitators who have experienced a
significant loss in their own lives provide leadership and guidance.
more information, please call Susan 508-240-1119
third program, PRAYER AND REFLECTION FOR THOSE WHO MOURN, will be