Seasons of Hope Catholic Grief Support
Our Lord assured us that those who mourn are blessed, and that they shall be comforted. Seasons of Hope offers those grieving an opportunity to come together to share in God’s love. With the support of the faith community, we can give voice to our unique journeys of grief and find healing and spiritual growth.
These sessions help us explore mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection activities and faith sharing.
Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of the Catholic Church.
For those searching for hope, a Seasons of Hope group is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and other people of faith who are also mourning.
A Christ-centered support group is for you if any of these are true:
- You are looking for friends in Christ to share your journey of sorrow.
- You have been trying to figure out the meaning of your grief.
- You want to get on with life but have not been able to.
- You find comfort in the teaching of Christ.
- You are open to new ways of coping with your grief.
- You do not want to feel alone anymore.
Comments from Past Participants
“There is help and understanding in this journey.”
“I am not alone and can accept the roller coaster ride of grief.”
“Reminded God is with us in our suffering.”
“People who are experiencing a loss need a safe place where they feel comforted.”
“I am stronger in my faith because of these sessions.”
About the Team
Bernadette Beyer, LMFT is a parishioner with professional expertise and personal experiences with grief which have prepared her to walk with others as they heal from the death of a loved one. As a licensed therapist, she has been offering Pastoral Counseling for many years. Born in Chicago, she relocated to Michigan and has recently returned to Illinois. Bernie looks forward to ministering as a volunteer facilitator for this support group.
Laura Urban is a parishioner with experience in Pastoral Care. She brings Eucharist to the homebound, has conducted Prayer Services at an area nursing home as well as volunteers with the Ronald McDonald Room at Edwards Hospital. Laura has experienced grief during times of personal loss and finds hope through her faith and God. Laura has volunteered to journey with the support group as a co-facilitator.
Come and be comforted.
Seasons of Hope meets for six weeks. Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. Please join us:
Meets 1-3pm in the Multi-purpose Room
- Nov 7 and 14
- December 5 and 12
- January 9 and 16
All who are grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome. Contact Roberta Balsewicz at 630-922-0081 x7 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.