Church launches new Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry provides compassionate, prayerful support to families of the deceased. The foundation of bereavement support at the Church of Saint Mary uses a companionship model of ministry adapted from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and is based on the work of Alan. D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. author – educator – grief counselor, Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Bereavement Ministry funeral services include a parish provided Memoriam Archival Box to house cards, notes and letters of condolence; funeral hospitality service at parish-hosted wakes, rosaries, and funerals; special needs and assistance for families; periodic well being courtesy check-up contact.

Bereavement Ministry also organizes and sponsors annual memorial services to include:

  • November Book of the Dead
  • Memorial Prayers of Faithful for Deceased Parishioners & Loved Ones
  • November Table of Remembrance – A photo gallery of deceased loved ones
  • Mass of the Holy Innocents – A Memorial Mass for children lost to miscarriage, still-born, infant death
  • Bereavement Library of books, pamphlets, and brochures
  • Periodic educational and informational group sessions

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