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2018 Annual Bereavement Supplement
Click here to view the digital version of the annual bereavement supplement from The Monitor, which this year features stories on perinatal hospice, a personal account of bereavement ministry, a local author who shares her story on being  a first responder and more. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Middletown couple uses first-hand experience to help pregnant couples cope with terminal diagnosis of babies
It is difficult enough to lose a child, but receiving a terminal diagnosis for your unborn child can result in an unprecedented sense of grief.

Barbara Keith and her family know all too well how difficult that can be. Keith, a lifelong member of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, and her husband, Ian, were given the devastating news halfway through her pregnancy in 2011 that their unborn daughter had Trisomy 18, a rare chromosome disorder. The Keiths were told that their baby, Joan, would likely not survive and that perhaps they should consider an abortion.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Listening is the key to ministry of bereaved
Doris Hudak has learned a few valuable lessons during her 35 years in the field of bereavement ministry, the most important of which is that finding the right words to say to survivors after the death of a loved one is not the most important goal. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Spring Lake first responder's second book features stories of grief, faith, laughter
After a successful first book on courage in the face of fear and grieving, Spring Lake first responder Andrea Jo Rodgers is back with “On Heaven’s Doorstep: God’s Help in Times of Crisis,” which features 30 true stories. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
There is wisdom in helping a child learn about death

Nothing brings with it more opportunities for joy, and the unexpected, than spending time with your grandchild.

On Easter morning, my five-year-old granddaughter brought me a toy that was not working. She asked me to change the batteries, but we needed a special screwdriver and not one of her uncles knew where this magical tool might be.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Pastoral Care training program to begin in fall
The Diocese’s pastoral care training program set to begin in the fall will include sessions required for those interested in bereavement ministry. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Advance funeral planning can spare loved ones extra grief

No one expected Joe to die. Replace the name “Joe” with anyone you’ve known into that sentence. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
In genealogy research, Catholic cemeteries can provide some help

OXNARD, Calf. – As interest in genealogical research increases, some Catholics have found that their relatives' final earthly addresses can be helpful, even valuable resources.

 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
2017 Annual Bereavement Supplement

Click here to read a downloadable version of the annual bereavement supplement from The Monitor, that offers resources and insights for those mourning the loss of a loved one.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Support for the grieving comes in many forms
Sometimes it comes by way of a life-changing phone call: “There’s been an accident…” At other times, it starts with a diagnosis: “We’ve gotten the results of the biopsy…” or sometimes simply by the passage of so much time: “I don’t think Grandma has much time left.” More ...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Parishes announce bereavement support groups
The following parishes have bereavement support groups: More ...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017



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