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Local Grief Support

Bereavement Ministry

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult challenges that one may face. The journey through the process of grief is one that need not be taken alone.

The Prince of Peace Parish BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY will begin a 10 week support group. The group will meet once a week on Tuesdays starting on April 14th- June 16th from 6:30-8:00 P.M. We will meet upstairs in the Parish Office. Please join us, as we explore ways we can best call upon our journeys through loss and grief and walk with others in need of encouragement and support.

For more information you may contact Suzy Mylie (203-206-7613).

Please call ahead to register.

“Good Grief” Seminar

“Good Grief”, a program dealing with loss and grieving, will be presented at

March 18, 2020 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall (Lower Level), 733 Oxford Rd, Oxford, CT 06478.

How can grief be good? “Grief becomes good when we allow ourselves to mend”, says Dennis Galemba, a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Bereavement Ministry Team. “Society often sends signals that we must ‘get over it’. Therefore, many of us grieve in private, believing that we need to be strong and handle the grief ourselves. Most often however, the bravest thing we can do is "reach out for help and work through the grief with others”, adds Carol Flament, another member of the team.

 Chaplain Geri Cappabianca MA, LPC, BCC of St. Mary’s Hospital and author of the book “Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain, I Stand Near the Door”, will be our main speaker. Chaplain Geri “…focuses on finding peace and joy in the midst of life’s major transitions.” She will speak about the symptoms and processes of grief and offer suggestions for recovery. She will also address questions from attendees.

  The presentation is open to the public and is free of charge. In addition to addressing those who have experienced a loss, the session would be appropriate those who might have questions on the loss of a loved one, dealing with persons who are terminally ill, or those who just might want to be informed on how to handle and minister to people who are experiencing the pain of losing a loved one.

The New Day program begins March 25, 2020 and continues biweekly until June. There is also a support group that meets monthly.

 Please call the St. Thomas Parish office at (203) 888-2382 if you are interested in attending any of these programs.

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