Bereavement Support

What is bereavement?

Mourning.  Loss.  Grief.  It is a normal reaction to a major loss.  It is for most people an unhappy and painful emotion.

What causes grief?

It may be the result of the death of a loved one. It can also be triggered when a person experiences an illness for which there is no cure, or a chronic condition that affects their quality of life. The end of a significant relationship may also cause a grieving process.

Everyone feels grief in their own way. However, there are common stages to the process of mourning. It starts with recognizing a loss and continues until a person eventually accepts that loss. People’s responses to grief will be different, depending on the circumstances of the death.

How do I know if I’m experiencing grief?

It is often said that grieving process has five stages. These reactions might not occur in a specific order, and can (at times) occur together. Not everyone experiences all of these emotions:

  • Denial, disbelief, numbness
  • Anger, blaming others
  • Bargaining (for instance “If I am cured of this cancer, I will never smoke again.”)
  • Depressed mood, sadness, and crying
  • Acceptance, coming to terms

People who are grieving may have crying spells, some trouble sleeping, and lack of productivity at work.

How can I get help for my grief?

Family and friends can offer emotional support during the grieving process. Sometimes outside factors can affect the normal grieving process, and people might need help from:

  • Clergy
  • Family and friends
  • Social workers
  • Mental health specialists
  • Self-help groups

How long does grief last?

It can sometimes take a year or longer to overcome strong feelings of grief, and to accept the loss.  Each person experiences loss differently.  Grief should not be prevented because it is a healthy response to loss. Instead, it should be respected. Those who are grieving should have support to help them through the process.  If you need such support, please contact the rectory office to be put in touch with our clergy.

Upcoming Events

Nov
27
Fri
11:30 am American Red Cross Blood Drive
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Nov 27 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #11077 From Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Friday, November 27 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM In our Parish Hall Donors MUST register prior[...]
Nov
28
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Nov 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Nov
30
Mon
5:30 pm Miraculous Medal Mass
Miraculous Medal Mass
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The origins of the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known now as the Miraculous Medal because of the countless miracles associated with it since its inception, is dated to[...]
Dec
5
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Dec 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Dec
12
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Dec
19
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Dec 19 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Dec
26
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Dec 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Jan
2
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Jan 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Jan
9
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Jan 9 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
Jan
16
Sat
1:30 pm Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Confession @ In church near the baptismal font
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm