"Dear Sandy and John, all of us at Holy Family Parish want to thank you with all our hearts for your Grieving with Great Hope Workshop and for the gift of you both. It takes the heart of Jesus to willingly embrace those who come to you with the heavy heart of grief. I never realized how much you both are called to give of yourselves until I witnessed it myself. May the Lord continue to bless you both in every way." Fr. Bob Schikora- Holy Family Parish-Sandusky MI.
The process of healing begins with prayer. About 1/3rd of every Grieving with Great HOPE workshop is spent in church where we come together as a community of faith to become disciples of hope. We spend part of this time in Eucharistic Adoration. We pray, are prayed over and are prayed for. We pray for our beloved. We sing, we listen and we remember. We cry. We may even smile.
There are no stages to grief. We all experience loss in our own unique way. In this workshop we come to learn the intentional process of mourning. When we mourn, we outwardly express our internal thoughts and feelings. And it is through this process that we understand practical things we can do to help us mourn and build our bridge to a new and different life.
Validation is an important part of the healing process. A sense that we are not alone. These small self-facilitating grief peer groups are formed based on age and loss and establish a safe environment to openly share thoughts and feelings. Often times in these groups, strangers become friends.
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"Every parish should have your program!So comprehensive, you did all the work for us! We are so grateful we found your beautiful program and welcome it to central Texas. Deacon Tim and Liz Hayden, Holy Family Parish Copperas Cove Texas.
Grieving with Great Hope should be the NATIONAL STANDARD! May God Bless you." Sue Treida, St. Maria Goretti, Westfield Indiana.
Good Mourning Ministry is a Catholic Bereavement Apostolate.
"Let us become bearers of HOPE."
On the ministry page is a sample of the opening night of an actual workshop.