Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry for St. Lawrence O’Toole provides Bereavement Support Group sessions the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Parish Center Lounge from 7:30pm - 8:45pm. The purpose of the group sessions is to give each participant an opportunity to share with others who are grieving, to learn about the process of grief and to receive support from each other in the context of this Christian based ministry.

The support group sessions are led by trained parishioners who have completed the Archdiocesan training program as facilitators in Pastoral Bereavement Ministry. The facilitators want to provide you with a supportive and safe environment to encourage dialogue and share ideas.

Some of the goals of our group are to help the participants to:

  • Understand the normal grief reaction
  • Move through grief at one’s own pace
  • Work toward building satisfying new lives
  • Learn to treasure their own memories while they build new traditions
  • Renew their resources for living
  • Acknowledge and understand their losses
  • Adjust to lives without their loved ones

If you would like to register for a group session, obtain further information or to volunteer to become a member of this ministry, please contact George Waters on 845-279-3096 during the day or at or the rectory 845-279-2021. 

Peri-Natal Bereavement

The grieving process for the loss of a baby through a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Newborn loss is similar but different than other types of loss. Grief has no timetable, whether a few weeks, several months or years.  The pain of your loss is valid and welcomed in a safe space to share, be supported and mourn with others. 

Please call Donna Iazzetti on 845-803-6367 for more information.