The Grieving with Great Hope DVD Series is designed to bring hope and healing to thousands of people that the "live" workshop can't reach. It was filmed at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth Michigan and comes complete with five DVDs, a Leader-Guide Book, a workbook and a flash drive loaded with other materials to help a host church or group have a successful prayerful, practical and personal workshop. Each of the first four DVDs has time allotted for small table discussions (GPGs). It is formatted to be a five week series.
Summary of DVD Series:
DVD#1 - Filmed in church, Fr. Michael Suhy leads us off in prayer and the Father's love for all. He shares his own personal story of loss. John and Sandy speak of their stories of losing their first spouses, Ann and David. John also talks about today's culture related to grief. There is time for one GPG (Grief Peer Group).
DVD#2 - John and Sandy become educators and discuss the practical aspects of grief and loss. They talk about the difference between grief and mourning as well as theories and misconceptions of grief. There are two GPGs in this session.
DVD#3 - John and Sandy discuss the emotions of grief and the importance of forgiveness. They also introduce the Seven Intentions of Mourning. There are two more GPGs.
DVD#4 - Here Sandy and John review what makes everyone's journey through grief so unique. They talk about how rituals can help us heal. They discuss the holidays and how important it is to mourn and take care of one's self.
DVD#5 - Fr. John Riccardo joins us for this final DVD. He shares our beliefs as Catholics. And as such, why can grieve with great hope (1Thes 4:13). This session is filled with great faith and ritual. There is a candle lighting ceremony, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of the Saints and a final blessing. The host church is encouraged to have each participant, participate in all of these rituals.
The video on this page should give a sense for the DVD series. The video on the home page is from actual participants who give their testimonials. The DVD Series is available for purchase in the e-store.
"I am a Hospice volunteer and have been supporting the bereaved for 10 years. There is such a huge need for top shelf bereavement programs to all who mourn the loss of a loved one. I have prayed that our church offer bereavement. After previewing another program I was heartbroken and could not support it. I spoke with a bereavement counselor at hospice who could not support it. I was not part of the team to select a bereavement program. More prayers... While I was on vacation one of our church's (St Maria Goretti) bereavement team emailed me to let me know that our deacon had settled on Grieving with Great Hope. My prayers are answered and my heart is joy filled. When I returned home I previewed all 5 DVDs. The tears of joy flowed. Grieving with Great Hope should be the NATIONAL STANDARD! May God Bless you on this holy day."