The Bereavement Ministry provides support to bereaved individuals at the time of loss and during the year. A member of the Bereavement Ministry calls the bereaved and offers consolation and help. Ministry members will also assist in preparing the booklet for a funeral, if the family wishes.
Throughout the first year of bereavement, ministry members send out several mailings, including newsletters and an invitation to the parish’s Memorial Mass for the Deceased, which is celebrated each fall.
The ministry also offers a monthly meeting to support adult parishioners and community members who are grieving the death of a loved one. We welcome people of all faiths.
We are a peer ministry. The ministry members who take turns leading the meetings are not professional grief counselors. Although we have attended training sessions to learn the basics of the grief process, most of what we have learned has come from our own personal experiences with the death of a loved one.
Working through grief to a better place is hard work. There is no "getting over" the death of a loved one—only acceptance and, finally, peace.
St. John's Bereavement Ministry offers the bereaved a safe place to tell their story and a helping hand along the difficult path toward healing.
View our ministry's current objectives here.
We meet in the Stevenson Center (rear lower level of the Parish House) on the fourth Tuesday of most months. December meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, and we do not meet in August. Meetings begin at 7:30 and end promptly at 9 p.m. The format is very informal. The group leader offers a five- to 10-minute discussion starter and invites those in attendance to respond. Attendees are most welcome to participate as listeners only.
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