Parishes with On-Site Grief Services:


  • Carbondale, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
    One-on-one support
    Sr. Jane Connolly, IHM
    For information call 570-282-5172
  • Clarks Summit, Our Lady of the Snows Parish
    Small group support
    First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 A.M.
    Third Sunday of each month, 2 P.M.
    301 S State Street/US 6 & 11
    Location: gathering room/lower level of the church
    For information call Nettie Goldate at 570-586-1741
  • Pittston, Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist
    Healing Hearts – 6 week program
    Tuesday evenings, May & June, 7:00 P.M.
    Tuesday evenings, September & October, 7:00 P.M.
    Location: Parish Dining Room
    For information, call 570-654-0053
  • Pocono Pines, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
    Second Wednesday of every month,  10:00 A.M.
    Convenes in Our Lady of the Lake Hall, lower level of the Church
    For information, call Melissa Laverty or Lynnette Smith at 570-646-6424. It is not necessary to be a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish or even to be Catholic in order to attend this ecumenical group.                                                                   The format is open and ongoing (not limited to a fixed number of sessions) and the content of the meeting is selected to address the needs of those present.  Anyone who has experienced a loss due to death, divorce or separation is encouraged to attend.  Through the use of audio, visual and printed materials, the group offers information about the stages of grief and the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual effects that may be experienced by those who are grieving.  A lending library contains materials that are helpful for children, adolescents and adults.  The compassionate presence of people who have journeyed through the grieving process offers support for the newly bereaved and for those who may have delayed the process or who still need assistance.
  • Scranton, Cathedral of St. Peter Parish
    Support group, 5 week session
    Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PM

    • January-February
    • May-June
    • September-October
    • Location: Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave.
    • For more information, call: 570-344-7231
  • West Wyoming, St. Monica Parish
    Small group support
    Meets on the second Monday of each month
    West Eighth Street
    Location: church hall
    Our bereavement care sessions will be held on
    Mondays, October 22, 29, November 5 & 12.
    They are held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    For information call Joanne Austin 570-288-6785.
  • Milford, St. Vincent de Paul Parish
    Weekly Bereavement Support Group Sessions
    JULY 22 – AUGUST 12, 2019, series of weekly meetings, addressing topics dealing with the grief process in order for participants to find healing; Bereavement Support Group meets on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 101 St. Vincent Drive (Route 739), Milford.  All are welcome; no registration is required. Men are also encouraged to attend as a men’s group will take place at the same time and place. For additional information, please contact the Parish Office at 570-686-4545.
  • Susquehanna  St. John the Evangelist, St. Lawrence, St. Martin’s
    Small Group support, 4 week sessions ~ spring and fall: Monday afternoons at the Parish Office Conference Room.
    Please call the office at 570-853-4634 for more information or to register.  Our office is located at 15 East Church St. Susquehanna.
  • Conyngham  St. John Bosco Church
    Bereavement Ministry
    Group Support: 7 week sessions, March – April and September – October, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    Interdenominational gathering
    One-on-one support as needed.
    Monthly small group support, TBA
    Remembrance Mass on All Souls Day
    Contact: Marie Guza, 570-455-3874,
  • Lake Silkworth, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    “Be Not Afraid, I Go Before You.”
    Please do not be afraid to take a small step toward healing.  OLMC Parish Grief Support  ministers will be there for you.  We will be on your side as you journey with Jesus toward healing.  A five week session will begin on Monday, September 16th from 7 to 8 pm in the Guardian Angel Room at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at Lake Silkworth.  If you are suffering from the loss of a loved one, please join us.  For more information call Marianna Oplinger at 570-956-6983.  Co-facilitator is Tammy Bowen.
  • Hawley, Blessed Virgin  Mary, Queen of Peace & St. Veronica Parish
    ‘Season of Hope’ Bereavement Support Group
    If you’re in need of consolation after losing a loved one, this Christ-centered faith sharing group is for you. We gather to listen, care and understand each other in the process of grieving with prayer, scripture, faith sharing and fellowship as we journey through your grief.
    Our group meets for six Wednesday’s beginning Oct. 16, 2019 following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, in our Parish Hall at:
    Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace
    314 Chestnut Ave.
    Hawley, PA
    For additional details please call Rosemarie Mazzotta at 570 390-4196 or the Rectory office at 570 226-3183.  Or
    If your parish has a grief support program that is not listed here, or if your parish would like to begin hosting a group, please contact the Office for Parish Life. 


Resources for Grieving: Creighton University’s resource page for grief and grieving ministry.  This website can be used to handle one’s own grief or support someone who is grieving.  It includes:

  • Prayers for Grieving
  • A talk on grief : “Seeking God When We Seem
    Lost in Grief” by Mary Ann Vail, coordinator of the Ministry of EMBRACE, the grief ministry for Mary Our Queen parish, Omaha, Nebraska. The death of her 18 year old daughter to leukemia nine years ago, prompted Mary Ann Vail to reach out in compassion to others and become involved in grief ministry. This presentation offers presence and support for those who have lost loved ones.  The talk offers suggestions, support and resources for a faith-based approach to grief and loss.  It covers:
  • The Grief Process
  • Sharing the sorrow
  • Anger and confusion in faith in grief
  • Reaching out to others
  • Resources for support

Other Resources Online:

Post-Abortion Healing:

Post-Abortion Healing: Rachel’s Vineyard

Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. We also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.

The program is an opportunity to examine a person’s abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted him/her in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.

Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.

National organization: Rachel’s Vineyard — 800-HOPE4ME (800-467-3463) or

National Hotline for Abortion Recovery –1-866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

The support program, Project Rachel, is active within the diocese. Contact Denise Rowinski at Catholic Social Services at 570-822-7118 ext 3333.