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Local Bereavement Workshops

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“Lord my God, I called to You for help, and You healed me.” 
– Psalm 30:2

We have gathered a list of resources that may be helpful in troubled times and difficult circumstances.

Pastoral Support

We recommend first connecting with your local parish priest to seek  spiritual and pastoral support.  We also have a priest assigned to our ministry so please let us know should you want to meet with him at the Gardens of Gethsemani, and we can help make arrangements for a meeting.

Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to offer faith-based hope and healing resources for women and their families on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships and infant loss. To find a parish chapter near you or to learn more about Elizabeth Ministry, click here.

Catholic Registered Professional Counsellors

Find ways to take care of yourself during these days and find people who will listen to your pain without judgement and without forcing you to rush through your grief. Sometimes, it can be healthy to reach out and seek professional counselling as you walk through this time. 

For a list of vetted Catholic Counsellors, please click here.

BC Bereavement Services

For grief and bereavement resources in your area, please contact the BC Bereavement Helpline:

In the Lower Mainland call: 604-738-9950

Throughout BC call toll-free: 1-877-779-2223

Recommended Books and Materials

Here are a few of our favourite books and materials that you may find useful during this time.

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ELIZABETH MINISTRY

One of the most difficult situations to deal with in life is the loss of a child. Families… READ MORE

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TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT DEATH

Grieving can feel overwhelming and be difficult for you but remember to take some time to… READ MORE

woman comforting woman

WHAT TO SAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS GRIEVING

It can be difficult to find the right thing to say to the bereaved when attending a funeral… READ MORE

white haired man on bench near cremation niches

UNDERSTANDING GRIEF

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is… READ MORE

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LEARNING HOW TO COPE WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

Everyone experiences grief differently. There is no set time for how long grief endures… READ MORE

Talk to a Deacon

Your parish clergy are a wonderful resource for you during this time of loss. As an extension of your parish, our deacons at Catholic Cemeteries are also available to offer prayer, comfort and consolation to you and your family.

Deacon Dan Keller

Deacon Jim Tardy

Deacon Steve Grandinetti

402.391.3711