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Grief Support

Bereavement Ministry
A small group of parishioners, having felt called to minister to the sorrowing and grieving, have undertaken to provide consolation, support, and direct practical assistance to individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. These ministers strive to ease the burden of those involved in planning a funeral liturgy, be it a liturgy/Mass or memorial service. They are able to assist with the grieving process, explain and help the grieving select the elements of a prayerful and respectful liturgy, act as liaisons between the family and the priest, ministers, musicians and others, as needed, as well as assist in accessing resources available before, during, and after a death occurs.
Contacts: Jayne Simms 513-474-4088 and Pat Riehle 513-325-3978
Bereavement Hospitality 
This ministry works with the Bereavement Ministry, helping a grieving family by providing a gathering space and hospitality to celebrate the life of their deceased loved one. If your gifts lie in consolation and healing of the grieving, please consider becoming a bereavement hospitality minister. 
Contact: Mary Meyer 513-520-5957 and Mary Espelage 513-474-3536

Grief Support

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church offers a yearly 7 week grief support group series. The next series will be in late September—date TBA. This group brings together people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. All are welcome to attend.


Guardian Angels Church offers a year-round grief support group help on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at 4PM in room B (downstairs at Guardian Angels Church). For more grief resources or questions about these groups, please reach out to Kendall Keiser 513-388-4184.

Parent/Significant Adult Loss Group:
Fernside Center for Grieving Children offers support groups for children and families who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. The group meets twice a month from September to June. Must register with Fernside before attending, contact Shannon Wilson 513-246-9140 to register.

Project Rachel
Project Rachel is the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church. It is composed of a network of specially trained clergy, spiritual directors and therapists who provide compassionate one-on-one care and prayerful group experiences to those who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion. Project Rachel is designed to provide confidential and skilled help to each individual who comes to the ministry. Project Rachel is able to help women and men; parents and grandparents, siblings, friends, and others whose lives have been impacted by an abortion loss.

Contact: Confidential Line, 513-784-0531
For other grief support resources, contact Kendall Keiser, 513-388-4184.