grief, support groups

There is no time limit to grieving. Grief is an emotional trauma which may require therapeutic attention and knowledge.

“So whether it’s been 2 months or 10 years since the loss of a loved one, all are welcome to join in learning how to adjust and cope with the loss. Your experience of grief will create a changed you, a you that has not only survived but who has learned to thrive again in a new way.”
Dr. Marcie Moran

Grief Retreats

Retreats offer an educational and experiential program for coping with a death of a loved one.

Children’s Grief Programs

Children react differently to loss than adults and it is important to realize that they are grieving a loss as well. Our Children’s Grief Programs are designed for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Grief Share Programs

(On going throughout the year)
Grief Share is a world wide Christian grief program for adults . It combines educational videos, a personal workbook to keep and group discussion. It blends professional education with time for small group sharing and reflection.  It is a well researched and a well thought out program.

Catholic Family Services is honored to host and facilitate St. Joseph Cathedral’s GriefShare program.

Catholic Family Services will present the video portion in a larger group format then allow for smaller breakout discussion groups according to the participants particular loss such as loss of a spouse; a child; a parent/sibling etc.  The overall cost of the group is free with a free will offering available. Each personal workbook cost $15 with scholarships available if needed.

2021 GriefShare Programs:

September 14-November 23, 2021
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Divorced, Widowed and Separated

There are few topics more challenging in the Church today than divorce. Not only is the reality of divorce incredibly painful for those involved, but few seem to understand what the Catholic Church teaches on the topic. As a result, many stop attending Mass or leave the faith altogether. Whether they experienced divorce weeks ago or years ago, they often feel rejection and shame. Many also fear being judged by their communities. The Surviving Divorce Program is a proven program of hope and healing. It offers answers and guidance to the many issues surrounding divorce, annulments, remarriage, parenting, and more. It brings the divorced through emotional healing, the power of forgiveness, and into a more vibrant relationship with Christ and the Church.

2021 DWS Programs

September 14-October 19, 2021
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Crisis Response

When a crisis, sudden loss or tragedy hits your community it can be overwhelming. It you or someone you know is struggling, the Catholic Family Services crisis response team can help.

Other Services Available

  • Individual, Adult, Children & Family Counseling
  • Recovery Teams and Support Services
  • Consultations and Assessments
  • Crisis Response
  • Seminars and Educational Programs & Activities (Abortion, Chronic Illness, Divorce, etc)
  • Grief Library
  • Special Memorial Events