Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Mt 5:4
Welcome to Good Mourning Ministry. This website is designed to be informative and helpful as it is why we are here, called to do God’s work. We encourage you to watch the short video through the YouTube link at the bottom of this page and/or listen to the Ave Maria Radio link.
What is your grief like? When you are deeply involved in it, you may feel it is the purpose of your existence because you can’t escape it; your world revolves around your thoughts, your feelings and your attitudes about your loss. Indeed, the pain of grief is a sudden intruder in your life, always unannounced and unwelcome. It never greets you with a smile; it just enters your consciousness through words of a disturbing diagnosis, a tragic accident or some other sad goodbye to someone you loved. From there, it is a journey through a dark valley with no roadmap and no GPS, just a poorly marked path littered with roadblocks, obstacles and reminders of what got you here. You are often ill-prepared for this journey which makes going back seem like the best way through. But somehow you know, the only way out—is in.
Good Mourning Ministry believes no two hearts ache alike, so the process of healing (mourning) needs to be as unique as the process of grieving. We cannot take away all of your pain, but we can help you work through it. Our approach to grief is prayerful, practical and personal. It requires you to be an active participant. When you grieve with great hope you reach upward, inward and forward. Over time you come to realize that YOU are not alone. Over time you come to realize strengths you never knew you had. Over time, you see the end of one road is the beginning of another. And through God's grace, you find your way. "We find meaning in our suffering by the way we choose to respond to it." Victor Frankl
Our Mission: Guided by the Holy Spirit, Good Mourning Ministry is a bereavement resource to catholic parishes offering hope and healing to those who are mourning the loss of loved one. Our Vision is to be a transformational bereavement apostolate by providing prayerful, practical and personal grief support. We believe we can help equip grieving people with the tools they will need to build their bridge that will lead them into a new and different life.
"In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds." Pope Francis- September 19, 2013
Our Values include prayerful reflection, practical learning, personal fellowship, discipleship, faith and hope.
The Need: Often, the first place a grieving person looks for help is their church. Today, despite the need, many catholic churches do not have the resources to devote to a ministry that provides significant help for their bereaved parishioners. As a result, with faith being such an important part of the mourning process, many Catholics are forced to look to non-catholic churches for grief support programs. We are grateful for catholic churches who recognize the need to offer vibrant programs of hope for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and for those who can't, we are here to help.
"It sounds like you are really trying to help those who are mourning in our Church...this is definitely a program that is needed." Matthew Kelly-Best Selling Author.
"Indeed, it is a significant blessing to hear your report of all your good work in bringing Christ to those who mourn and bringing those who mourn to Christ." The Most Rev Archbishop Allen Vigneron
"Grieving with Great Hope gives people who are mourning the loss of a loved a path through the valley of grief. It connects people with people, here on earth and on their way home. And in the end, we are all lead to the Great Healer, Jesus Christ in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament." Fr. John Riccardo- Pastor OLGC in Plymouth
"This has a very important and much needed mission for more than just Michigan." Teresa Tomeo, author and radio host on Ave Maria Radio
Advisory Council: The Advisory Council for GMM provides oversight and input into the Grieving with Great Hope program.
Monica Miller Ph.D., Professor of Sacred Theology-Madonna University, Livonia, MI
Mary Mitsch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nursing-Madonna University, Livonia, MI
Sandy O'Shaughnessy, Co-Founder of GMM and Coordintor at OLGC
John O'Shaughnessy, Certified Grief Counselor and Co-Founder of GMM
Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth, MI