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.

Grieving with Great Hope Weekend Workshop
September 28-29

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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. The next series will be held on September 28 and 29, 2019 with John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy! 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: August 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2018 from 5-6:30 PM at St. Vincent Hospice, Library. Learning about what to expect during the grieving process. Registration is required, call 317-982-3573

 

Grief: Through the Lens of Love:  Wednesday evenings: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 2018.  A six-part photography workshop. No photography experience is required. Please bring your own camera; cell phone cameras work as well. Registration required, call 317-982-3573. 

 

Safe Haven Parents Support Group:   July  3, 17 and August 7 and 21, 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:July 2, 16; August 6, 20, 2018 from 10-11:30 AM. Group designed for those grieving death of a spouse. Place-St. Vincent Hospice-DePaul Room I.

 

Finding Your Way: Coping with the loss of a Younger Spouse: September 11, 18,25; October 2, 9, 16, 2018  from 6-7:30 PM.  Registration required, call 317-982-3573. This six-part series is designed for husbands and wives who have lost their spouses in the middle of their lives. It will offer a safe and confidential place to address the issues of grief, loneliness and loss of direction after losing a life partner. Learn how to cope with grief while balancing the needs of family, work and other responsibilities. Registration is 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/

 

Surviving the Suicide of Someone You Love

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jenfitz/surviving-the-suicide-of-someone-you-love

 

Catholic Miscarriage Support

http://www.catholicmiscarriagesupport.com/

For Fathers: http://www.catholicmiscarriagesupport.com/resources/for-bereaved-fathers/

 

 

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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