Grief is painful and during the grieving process that pain can be nearly unbearable. The length and difficulty of the grieving process varies with each unique situation: the relationship with the person who died, the circumstances of the death and how survivors handle life situations. Always realize that grief has no timetable. It is cyclical. The emotions come and go for weeks, months and years. Understanding the emotions of grief is an important step in the healing process. The most common reactions to the death of a loved one are: shock, denial, anger, guilt, sadness, and finally acceptance. It is important to take care of yourself during the grieving process and know that the above emotions you feel are normal.
St. Mary’s Basilica offers a monthly bereavement support group to help you through the grieving process. Our group offers a safe environment where you will learn to recognize and understand the normal signs of grief. You will be able to share your story and pray with others who have experienced a loss and you will learn to develop and enhance healthy ways of coping.
The Bereavement Ministry meets the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3:00 PM to 4:20 PM in the Friars’ Chapel in the Parish Center followed by the rosary at the Blessed Mother’s Altar prior to the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass. If you have any questions or need more information please contact us.
Coordinator of Care Ministry