Parish Resources

 

  The Bereavement Ministry Program
by Jane Nelson and David Aaker

This is a comprehensive program designed to enable Church leaders to begin and maintain a Catholic-based bereavement ministry. The product includes guides to finding resources, leading discussions, ministering to specific populations, as well as numerous reproducible handouts designed to guide the grieving at specific moments in the bereavement process. A gem of this program are the letter templates, available on an included CD, designed to be customizable to many situations and individuals.

  Seasons of Hope
by Donna MacLeod

For parishes seeking to begin or reinvigorate a group grief session, Seasons of Hope gives a parish-proven and highly adaptable choice. The guidebook provides the key to offering 24 scripture-based sessions, organized into four six-week programs. Each six-week segment is self-contained and non-sequential but each offers something unique and of value to participants. This program will provide a blend of scripture, prayer, and group exercises to promote a healing and safe environment.

  Catholic Etiquette for Funerals
by Kay Lynn Isca 

Catholic Etiquette for Funerals is a complete guide for the planning of a Catholic Vigil and Funeral Service. It will walk the bereaved through every step of the ceremonies while describing the meaning behind each part and the roles of each participant.

  Grant Us Peace: Rosary Meditations for Those Who Mourn
by Beth Mahoney 

Grant Us Peace is a rosary devotional equally helpful to the priest and the bereaved. It organizes the mysteries of the rosary with meditations and scripture intended to sustain those in grief. It has been praised as helpful in applying a vigil service to the individual person while maintaining the solemnity of the event.