Archdiocesan Agencies

Bereavement Ministry

A joint service of the Nazareth Project and the Catholic Cemeteries (see next section), provides resources for collaborative parish ministry, community resources and services. It also organizes, publicizes, implements and evaluates services and programs associated with widowed and grieving. Staff develops and provides bereavement resources for individuals and parishes, including audio-visual materials and information on support groups. Retreats for widowed persons and programs for bereaved parents are organized and implemented through this Office. Training workshops are available to people in parishes who are interested in Bereavement Ministry.

Contact Susan L. McNeil, M.Div.

Director of Nazareth Project — Bereavement Ministry

414 758 2214

Print and Media Resources offered through Bereavement Ministry
These Resources are available, but please inquire for specifics of price and shipping & handling.

Grief Packet
Prayers, reflections and suggestions for grieving people. Recommended for a bereaved family at the time of death as an expression of sympathy from the parish.

Suicide Packet
Help for family and friends who are experiencing all the feelings of uncertainty, confusion and doubts after a death by suicide.

Let's Live Again
Reflection booklet and journal prepared for widowed persons.

Bereavement Ministry in the Parish
Training Program on video with companion Study Guide for implementing Bereavement Ministry.

To Heal as Jesus Heals
Resource for parish support groups, as well as a self-help process workbook.

The Catholic and Death
Resource and reflection booklet on spiritual and practical matters.

Catholic Cemeteries

Supporting Bereavement Ministry, Grief Education and Grief Support in conjunction with the Nazareth Project, the Catholic Cemeteries provide topical grief presentations most 1st Tuesdays of the year, grief support meetings most 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the year. All these offering are conducted by Patrick Dean and as part of The Common Ground of Grief.

For those with a recent burial in one of the eight Catholic Cemeteries, one or two individual or family sessions with Patrick Dean are possible. Dean is a certified educator in death, dying, grief, bereavement.

On-site parish visits for planning/assessment of new/continuing bereavement ministry is also possible. Likewise, presentations on grief can be scheduled for bereavement ministers, parish members or groups recently touched by tragedy and loss.

Contact Patrick Dean
414 438 4420, ext 5416
voicemail anytime, listen to prompts 
Griefwork web site
Read more about Patrick.

Project Rachel

Project Rachel is a Post-Abortion Reconciliation Ministry offered by the Archdiocese through the Office for Human Concerns/Respect Life and Catholic Charities. Priests have been specially trained to minister the Sacrament of Reconciliation to people who have been involved in an abortion. Catholic Charities Social Workers, also specially trained, are available for counseling in a hopeful and caring context.

Contact Vicki Thorn
414 483 4141




A Tradition of Comforting Concern

Mailing Address
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries
7301 West Nash Street
Milwaukee WI 53216


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