Bereavement Support


                                          I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live!                                 John 11:25

The death of a loved one is a very difficult period in one’s life. The grief process is a painful journey which changes our lives forever. Grief is a natural response to loss and in order for grief resolution to be attained, we must work through our loss. It is extremely hard work and probably one of the most difficult tasks we will have to do in our lifetime.

Part of grieving is giving ourselves time to grieve; we cannot hurry grief. Grief is individual and as such, is expressed differently. In order for us to heal we have to:

  • Confront the loss
  • Experience the pain
  • Re-adjust to a life without the deceased
  • Let go of the physical, embrace the memories and re-experience the joy of life.

When God calls our loved one He has promised that He would not leave us. “My child, I love you and I would not leave you”. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of prints, it was then I carried you”. By turning to God in prayer we are able to travel on this very difficult road. Know that God is watching over you and will comfort you.

The facilitators of Parish based Bereavement Support Groups are available so that no one should have to go through this painful journey alone.


The parish-based Bereavement Support Groups of the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens are run by caring trained facilitators who give their time and offer their support in a caring environment.

Most of the groups are General Adult Bereavement Support Groups assisting those who have lost their loved ones (a family member, a parent, a friend, a spouse), but there are also specialized Bereavement Support Groups such as “Lost Miracles”, “Children Grieve Too” and “Bereaved Parents”.

If you would like additional information on the Bereavement Support groups, please call Deacon Mauclair Simon in Bereavement Services at 718-722-6214.


Training programs are offered during the course of the year.

Please contact Deacon Mauclair Simon in Bereavement Services at 718-722-6214

  • If you are a facilitator who is currently running a group and would like to sharpen your Bereavement skills.
  • If you are interested in initiating a Bereavement Support Group in your Parish.
  • If you are interested in facilitating a Bereavement Support Group based on the cluster model.