Bereavement


"If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living"

                                                                       — Romans 13:7-9

To respond to the gospel message “to comfort all who mourn,” and to reach out to those who are experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one, our Parish offers two Bereavement groups. These groups provide the opportunity and time for the bereaved to receive support while working through the changes in their lives by sharing their stories in a faith community.

The groups meet in the Minister’s Room (off the Narthex, on the left side) Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, for those who have lost a child on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Our meetings are open ended, meaning you can come when you need to and stop when you want. You are welcome to come and talk about your loss or to simply listen. We hope you will join us.
 
For information please, contact the Parish Office at 732-671-0071.


Suggested Reading

Below are listed several excellent books
which address the issues of death and
bereavement from a Catholic perspective:

Love Never Dies
    by Sandy Goodman
The Last Lecture 
    by Randy Pausch
The Bereaved Parent 
    by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
The Shack
    by William Paul Young
When Every Day Matters
    by Mary Jane Hurley Brant
When Men Grieve
    by Elizabeth Levang
Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer
    by Jeff Cavins and Matthew Pinto
A Grief Unveiled:
One Father's Journey Through the Death of a Child
    by Gregory Floyd
Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying
    by Kathy Kalina
Love Is Stronger Than Death
    by Peter Kreeft
A Grief Observed
    by C.S. Lewis
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: Comforting Catholics in Their Time of Grief
    
by Glenn M. Spencer Jr.