Grief Support Ministry

Blessed are those who weep and mourn, they will be comforted (Mt 5:4)

St. Maria Goretti’s Grief Support Ministry seeks to comfort those who mourn lost loved ones by sending cards on behalf of the parish, by maintaining a resource list of relevant parish library materials and area programs, by offering speakers on topics of interest, and by facilitating the “Grieving with Great Hope” workshop series periodically. Its mission is to answer Jesus’s call to comfort those who mourn.

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Ministry Description

Books & Booklets  l  CDs  l  Catholic Counselors/Social Workers  l  Catholic Bereavement Retreats

You can find additional resources and information below and in the links above.

Support Groups that meet regularly:

Grieving with Great Hope: Group that meets at St. Maria Goretti. Next series will be held on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 PM in the Parish Library on April 19 through May 17, 2018. Contact Deb Krupowicz (dkrupowicz@gmail.com, 317-873-6564) or Tom Harford (tpharford@gmail.com, 317-590- 4158) for more details.

Tuesdays with the Dads: Group for men who experienced the loss of a child. Meets Tuesday mornings 7 a.m. Le Peep’s 8255 Craig St, Indianapolis, IN.  Contact Tom Harford 317-590-4158 (tpharford@gmail.com)

http://www.tuesdayswiththedads.org/

Brooke’s Place: 317/705-9650   Created to heal hearts and provide hope to families and children who have lost a significant person in their lives.

http://www.brookesplace.org

Camp Healing Tree:   http://www.brookesplace.org/camphealingtree/    Provides a safe environment for Campers, ages 7 to 17 to share grief experiences.  The camp teaches coping skills while engaging the youth in fun activities such as rock climbing, swimming, archery, crafts, and games.  The cabins are air-conditioned and comfortable.

 

St Vincent Hospice Bereavement Support Groups:  There is No Charge to You!

For questions & location information please call 317-982-3573

When Grief is New: March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018 from 4-5:30 Pm at St. Vincent Hospice. Learning about what to expect during the grieving process. Registration is required, call 317-982-3573

I am the Legacy-Addressing the Loss of a Parent:  April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 2018. Six-part series that will provide a safe place to explore the relationship you had with your parent. Registration required, call 317-982-3573. 

Safe Haven Parents Support Group:   March  6, 20 and April 3 and 17, 2018  from 6-7:30 PM. Group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. No registration needed. Place-St. Vincent Hospice-DePaul Room I

Widow/Widowers Support Group: March 5, 19; April 2, 16, 2018 from 10-11:30 AM. Group designed for those grieving death of a spouse. Place-St. Vincent Hospice-DePaul Room I.

A High Tea to Remember: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 11 am to 1:30 PM. Join us for a healing afternoon to honor the important women in our lives who are now gone, but not forgotten. Share a catered tea, photos, and memories of your mother, sister, grandmother, or friend.  Registration required, call 317-982-3573. 

Memorial Service: Offered as a way to honor your loved one in a compassionate and uplifting program. RSVP is encouraged.

 

 

General Information:

Suicide Warnings Signs and Risk Factors:  

National Suicide Prevention Line:                1-800-273-8255

Warning Signs and Risk Factors:

http://www.suicidology.org/ncpys/warning-signs-risk-factors

Loss due to Suicide: CCC 2282“Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.”  Understanding struggles- coping with loss, grieving, worried about someone- preventing         http://www.afsp.org/

 

Dealing with Anger Toward God (The Transformed Soul)  Is it wrong to be angry with God,   http://www.thetransformedsoul.com/additional-studies/spiritual-life-studies/dealing-with-anger-toward-god

General Grief Information: Symptoms and Myths of Grief and Coping Skills  http://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief-loss/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm

Grief: Does It Ever End?  Grief unites us with Christ, Living with Grief, Ways to help a grieving person  http://www.catholicdigest.com/articles/faith/knowledge/2014/04-16/grief-does-it-ever-end

         

 Special Situations (Websites):

Children Website Resources: Ages: Newborn to Teens         http://www.hospicenet.org/html/understand.html

How to help a grieving child     http://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/how-to-help-a-grieving-child/

Loss of a Child: Support after loss of a child   http://www.compassionatefriends.org/

Loss of a Child through Miscarriage or Neonatal Loss:     https://www.archindy.org/criterion/local/2013/10-25/miscarriage-sidebar.html

http://unspokengrief.com/

Loss due to Homicide:   http://www.pomc.com/

Loss due to Suicide: CCC 2282“Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.”  Understanding struggles- coping with loss, grieving, worried about someone- preventing         http://www.afsp.org/

Loss of a Veteran:  http://www.taps.org/

Loss due to Violence:   http://www.griefspeaks.com/id63.html

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