Two Bereavement Support Groups

Starting Thursday, September 23rd - Two Bereavement Support Groups: Mourning the loss of someone you love is never easy, but there is hope. The Collaborative Parishes of Sacred Heart and St. Thomas More will host a bereavement support group for those grieving the recent loss of a loved one. We will meet on Thursdays, beginning September 23rd, and continuing for 7 weeks from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in the Auditorium Foyer. Though each of us has the story of our own loss, and our journey is often alone in the company of our own thoughts and feelings, we also make it with others who share our grief and care for us, and most importantly we make it with God, who is always with us. Together we lift each other in prayer and begin to somehow learn to live with our grief. New Book Group for those who grieve. This group is designed for people whose significant losses occurred some time ago (over one or two years). There is, of course, no timetable for grief. However, the way we live with it and how it manifests in our lives changes with the passage of time. Each week, we will check in with each other. Over 7 weeks, we will discuss one chapter of a book that addresses different aspects of our faith and how we move forward without the physical presence of our loved ones.

Join us on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 PM in the Sacred Heart Church Hall to share your faith experiences and challenges after the loss of your loved one. What Really Happens After We Die is a book written by Dr. James Papandrea and published by the Sophia Institute. Papandrea is a Catholic professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Northwestern University. In this very readable book, Dr. Papandrea gathers into one place all that we know about the afterlife from the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles, the Church Fathers, and Church leaders. Over 7 weeks, beginning September 23rd, we will discuss questions such as, - What is heaven like? - What do we mean when we say our souls leave our bodies? - How can I continue my relationship with my loved one after he or she passes? - Are there hugs in heaven? (yes!!) Discover the richness of Catholic teachings about life after death and how the Lord carries us as we heal from loss. What makes these groups different from other grief support groups? Prayer is at the heart of our support groups. It is like a compass on our journey of grief, keeping us on the path and showing us the way. As we grow in our prayer life, we will begin to recognize more often that God is indeed with us; walking with us on this long and difficult journey. We hope that you will prayerfully consider our invitation to come. We need each other. We are uplifted by knowing that the Lord blesses those who mourn and offers not only hope for us but true peace that surpasses all understanding. Both groups meet at Sacred Heart. The hall is handicapped-accessible. New participants are welcome. The size of the group is limited to allow for proper distancing.

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