The St. Thomas the Apostle Bereavement Ministry provides support
for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.
We do this in a variety of ways including:
Monthly Support Groups
10 week New Day Seminar
Good Grief Seminar. (March 18th from 6:30-9:00pm in the church hall)
Through these venues, the bereavement ministry seeks to provide a safe place where the bereaved can gain an understanding of the grief process, have the opportunity to talk through their experiences, and explore their thoughts and feelings with others who are also grieving the loss of a loved one. Doing so will assist the bereaved in working through their grief on their journey to healing so that they, once again, will be able to enjoy a happy and productive life with memories of their loved one.
There will be two 10-week New Day Programs:
There will be one starting on Tuesday, March 24th ending on June 2nd.
Each session is held from 1:30-3:30pm in the lower parish center.
Another session is beginning on March 25th ending on June 3rd.
Each session is held from 6:30-8:30pm in the lower parish center.
Registration is required and can be done by
calling the parish office at 203-888-2382, extension 104
Who Are We?
St. Thomas the Apostle has trained Bereavement Facilitators:
Congratulations to Carol Flament on the publication of her new book,
Carol has facilitated bereavement support groups here at St. Thomas for over 20 years.
Carol holds an M.S. in Educational Research and was trained to facilitate bereavement groups by Sister Mauryeen O’Brien, author of the New Day Journal.
A former adjunct professor for a course titled “Death, Dying and Bereavement,” she has always loved interacting with people and helping them work through their challenges. With this handbook she hopes to reach out to others who may also be interested in helping the bereaved.
What We Offer
A structured 10 week program using the book, "The New Day Journal - A Journey from Grief to Healing" written by Mauryeen O'Brien. Each week participants work through one task of grieving followed by a reflection and sharing.
What do past participants say about their experiences?
"I found the New Day Program to be exactly what it was intended to be...a JOURNEY from grief to healing. It allowed time for the person grieving to do just that - without judgement from others, but rather with much love and support from complete strangers who could identify with your needs. Each week's meeting became: "A place to listen, yet be heard." "A place to cry, yet also laugh." "A place to find peace, yet never be over your loss." "A place to create lifelong friendships." I recommend taking the time for YOU as you work through this process."
"I am grateful for the Grief Group. They helped me grieve and heal with the death of my parents. I spread the good news of this Grief Group how wonderful they are and how it is to go through the grieving process with others."
"Thank you for talking when we were all crying, thank you for listening when we were all sharing, thank you for your patience, understanding and compassion."
"Thank you Grief Group for helping me through those dark times."
Monthly Bereavement Schedule:
Tuesday March 3rd 1:30-3:30 Lower Parish Center
May 5th and June 2nd meeting in church hall
Wednesday - March 25th, April 22nd, May 27th Church hall
June 24th, July 22nd, August 26th, September 23rd,
October 28th, November 18th, December 9th Lower Parish Center.