Bereavement Ministry

 

 

Leader / Facilitators:  

Frances Balistreri

847-336-4332

oofran@aol.com

 

Purpose:

Grief has no timetable, knows no bounds.

The purpose of the Bereavement Ministry is to provide support to those who grieve the loss of a family member or friend. The parish office notifies the ministry when there is a death. The family of the deceased is called immediately and a time for a visit is arranged. The bereavement minister extends the condolences of the parish and assists the family with the planning of the funeral liturgy/music at the wake, mass and cemetery that will be a source of comfort and strength. Additionally, hospitality ministers assist the family at mass and provide luncheons. Finally, if you're in need of consolation after losing a loved one, a Christ-centered faith sharing group "Seasons of Hope", meets for six consecutive weeks.

Who can help?

The greatest talent/gift to offer is compassion. We need ministers to help the family plan the funeral liturgy or be present to assist the family the day of the funeral mass. Finally, we need volunteers to help make side dishes for the funeral luncheons.

When and Where?

Ministers that make family visits need additional training and typically spend at least 2 hrs with a family planning the funeral mass.

Hospitality ministers attend and help the family at the funeral mass (2 hours)