100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 voice
(513) 421-1582 fax
Bob Wurzelbacher x 2624
Teresa Kaltenbach, Admin. Asst. x 2653
1436 Needmore Rd.
Dayton OH 45414
(937) 222-0227 voice
(937) 279-9482 fax
Starting a Bereavement Ministry
Phone: 513.421.3131 x2653
Step 2. Speak with your Pastor and Parish Leadership to discuss what would be appropriate at this time.
Parishes might also consider providing a book rack in the church with Care Notes, Mental Health Brochures dealing with grief and its aftermath, Bereavement Magazines, Bereavement Care, etc.
Step 3. Get the training and tools you need to grow the ministry.
-One great local resource for training and networking is Companions On A Journey. Though located in the Cincinnati area, Sheila Munafo-Kanoza and her team conduct trainings and continuing formation opportunities across the country.
-There is a Parish Bereavement Network, a regional group of parish leaders (north of I-275, West Chester area) who will assist a parish team in establishing a Bereavement Ministry that goes beyond preparing liturgy and providing a meal. Contact Scott Steinke for more information.
Step 4. Discover Additional Resources
- www.griefwork.org –National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved
- www.fernside.org –A local non-profit offering support and advocacy for grieving families who have experienced a death.
- www.cancerfamilycare.org –A service within the Region that offers comprehensive care to those suffering from cancer and their families.
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