Help and Resources for People in Grief
We all experience grief. When someone you loved has died, or death is approaching, or at the end of a marriage,
grief can be a long, lonely process full of pain and questions.
Sr. Kathy Stuttgen (608.788.5483 x5) and Therese van Oss are specially trained pastoral ministers who work with all sorts of families coping with all sorts of situations. We also have a lot of lay people in the parish who have been through hard times and are ready to help with listening, prayer, and other needs.
We are your parish family, and we will pray with you and your family. Send a Prayer Request or call the parish office whenever you need prayer, and our Prayer Chain will be with you. This is a network of parishioners who pray at daily Mass and in their homes on your behalf.
Many support groups are active in the La Crosse area, including some that are sponsored by the hospitals. Call Sr. Kathy for help selecting a group that will be a good fit for you. If you feel unsure about joining a support group, talk with Sr. Kathy about this.
Guides and Resources for Grieving
Grief can bring on a lot of doubts, worries, and questions,
particularly for children. One thing that can help is to read wisdom from people who have experience with grief or other spiritual or healthful insight.
Mass of Remembrance
Every year in early November, MMOC holds a special Mass of Remembrance to celebrate and pray for those have died. We invite families to bring in a photograph. As a parish family, we remember and pray for these souls throughout the month.
Silver Circle Luncheons
Four times each year, our Silver Circle group gathers for a delicious pot-luck lunch, conversation, support, and bingo. Luncheons usually take place at 11:30 am on a Tuesday or Wednesday in February, May, August, and November. Watch for an announcement in the bulletin.
Grief is a normal and natural, though often deeply painful, response to loss. Each of us experience and express grief differently. The process of grieving in response to a significant loss requires time, patience, courage and support. The grief process has often been described in three non-linear phases—shock, suffering, and recovery. Some people experience each phase only once and some bounce back and forth between the phases. Whatever the course, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. But, the following description will give you an idea of what healthy grieving looks like.
Updated 6 November 2016