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Bereavement Support

Bereavement & Grief Support


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekends in March
If you are silently grieving or suffering from an abortion, experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. The weekend healing process includes discussions, Living Scripture with meditations, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service and Mass of Entrustme...

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If you are seeking to find hope, strength and comfort from a loss, burden or sorrow, join us for A Journey with Mary Through Her Seven Sorrows, a seven-week program sponsored by the Catholic Family Services Office. The program will explore each of the seven sorrows of Mary’s life and the messa...

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Bereavement Resources

Finding Healing from Loss - Click to learn more about this support group.

Support Group for Bereaved Persons
St. Colman Church, 145 Hubbard St., Middlefield CT, 1:30 PM to 3 PM. Contact Deacon Peter Gill at 860-346-8701. Third Sunday each month. Deacon Peter Gill from St. Colman's Church is available for individual bereavement support.

Bereaved Parents of the USA
A support group for bereaving parents and siblings. Meets at St. John's Church in Cromwell. Call 860-632-1040. A support group also meets at St. Anne's in Sturbridge, MA. Call 508-764-6170.

The Compassionate Friends
Meeting locations throughout the Diocese are listed on the website.

Mary's Place
A center in Windor, CT for support in grieving of children and family members.

Franciscan Life Center 
Franciscan Life Center in Meriden is available for bereavement support.
Call 203-237-8084.

Additional information for bereavement support and groups in the Norwich Diocese call Catholic Family Services at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306 or e-mail: MMcLaughlin@norwichdiocese.net.

Diocesan Mass of Remembrance ~ A Mass in remembrance of our children who have died from miscarriages, stillbirths and abortion. The Annual Diocesan Mass is sponsored by the Office of Family Life and the Pro-Life Office and will be held each year on a Tuesday evening in September at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. Children may have died years ago or recently, the Mass of Remembrance recognizes the gift of your child's life and loss of your child. For information call 860-848-2237, Ext. 306.

THE WORKSHOP, Comfort Those Who Mourn, is offered throughout the diocese for parishes and parishioners whose lives have been touched by loss and would like to help others. Pastors interested in learning more about establishing a Bereavement Ministry in their parish and to help prepare parish volunteers in a Parish Bereavement Ministry can contact the Catholic Family Services. Please contact Catholic Family Services at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306 for more information on bereavement support or call Bereavement Coordinator: Deacon Peter Gill 860-346-8701.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
201 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360-4328
Phone: 860-887-9294