Parishes with On-Site Grief Services:
- Carbondale, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
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
- 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, Dingmans Ferry, Lords Valley, St. Vincent de Paul Church
Small Group Support
Journey Through Grief – 6 week program
Monday evenings, April and October at 6:30 P.M.
4 week program in July – Monday evenings, at 6:30 P.M.
Location: Parish Hall
We also offer a one evening session in December, which begins with a mass at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social hour. It is held in the parish hall and light refreshments are served.
For information, call 570-686-4545 or email email@example.com
- 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
Group Support: 7 week sessions, March – April and September – October, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
One-on-one support as needed.
Monthly small group support, TBA
Remembrance Mass on All Souls Day
Contact: Marie Guza, 570-455-3874, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lake Silkworth, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Grief Support Ministry (God’s Compassionate Face)
Welcome the healing power of Christ. The Grief Support Group will begin a five (5) week session on Monday, October 15. We will meet on Mondays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the Guardian Angel Room at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lake Silkworth. All are welcome. If you are suffering through the loss of a loved one, consider taking a step toward healing. Please join us. For more information call Marianna Oplinger @ 570-956-6983. Co-facilitator is Tammy Bowen.
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. http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Grief/ 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
- Resources for Those Who are Grieving or Supporting Others in Grief:
Other Resources Online:
- Prayer preparing for Christmas after a loss
- Grief Counseling Resource Guide from the New York Office of Mental Health: Free, printable “Field Manual” for caregivers and those in grief.
- Rainbows: Resources to help children in grief
- How to Grieve by Larkin Warren, AARP Magazine
- Office Memorials by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
From Good Grief Resources
- Crisis, Grief & Healing Pages
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 www.rachelsvineyard.org.
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.