A joint service of the Marriage & Family Life office and the Catholic Cemeteries, Bereavement Ministry 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 Rich Harter, M.T.S.
Director of Evangelization, Marriage and Family Life - Bereavement Ministry
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Print and Media Resources offered through Bereavement Ministry
These Resources are available, but please inquire for specifics of price and shipping & handling.
The Grief Packet contains prayers, reflections and suggestions for grieving people. Recommended to be given to the bereaved family at the time of death as an expression of sympathy from the parish.
It is the goal of the Suicide Packet to bring the healing message of our God and our faith tradition to people who suffer the anguish of the suicide bereaved.
Life After Loss Binder
The binder is a “community of care” effort to help those suffering with grief and to equip others who want to support those mourning the death of a loved one. Included in the binder are materials for a Parish Bereavement Ministry, Family Coping Suggestions, and other handouts and resources for support groups throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Now and at the Hour of Our Death Booklet
A pastoral letter from the Roman Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin on end of life decisions.
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
Read more about Patrick.
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