For Healing: Divorce and Bereavement


DivorceLINK: A peer ministry specifically for and to those separated/divorced – open to all persons of any faith tradition. It is during this difficult time we offer persons time to deal with grief, recover from turmoil and loss; rebuild their life again through the LEVELS program, open forum RAP support groups, various workshops, family activities and spiritual and social events. “No one should face the ordeals of separation or divorce alone.”

  • The RAP’s support group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at St. Benedict's Church Campus, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville NY 14226, (Amherst Catholic Charities Building) from 7 pm to 9:00 pm.      RAPs Flyer
  • The LEVELS groups meets each spring and fall, at St. Benedict's Church Campus, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville NY 14226, (Amherst Catholic Charities Building) from 7 pm to 9:00 pm.  All sessions will meet on Thursdays at 7:00 pm.  Please try to attend each session.  For more information, call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or e-mail  
  • For a brochure, newsletter, events, times, locations and/or a Separation/Divorce packet contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or e-mail
  • PARENTING PACKET II:  This is designed for those parents who are separated or divorced.  Focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages from birth through teens who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce and deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives.  Includes practical items for teens, a variety of communication and skill-building techniques and lots more.  Both single parents can utilize these resources.  The more this is implemented mutually, the more healthy the family.  To receive this packet call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 847-2210.  

Current Links

DivorceLINK brochure

RAPS Flyer

Level 1 Dates Schedule

Church's Teachings Regarding Separated and Divorced Catholics

ANNULMENT COMPANIONS provide the extra support people need while going through a process that can be filled with questions, doubts, fears, anger, emotional uncertainty and heartache. Referrals provided. Contact Barbara Wyse  at 633-7786 or e-mail

ANNULMENT WRITING WORKSHOP: Help with annulment papers? Facilitators, knowledgeable in the Marriage Tribunal Process leading to a Church Annulment, are available to assist individuals to prepare the “paper work” necessary to begin the annulment procedures. So often just putting together the information needed can be overwhelming. This workshop will help ease the stress of putting together the necessary information. For more information or to register call Barb Wyse at 633-7786 or e-mail

CROSSROADS: Crossroads is a Catholic Community of single adults, forty years and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. For anyone interested in knowing more about this organization – for a taste of upcoming events – for cancellations due to weather, for membership information, etc. please call their voice mail hotline at 635-8010 or visit


RESOURCES: Grieving the death of a loved one can be a long and painful journey. There is no time table for the mourning that one feels. Grief work is the process that involves learning to live with the emptiness, creating meaning out of the loss and rejoining life to live more openly and fully. Your Office of Family Life Ministries provides you with a free Bereavement Packet full of resources, information on support programs and reflections on a variety of topics to assist you in this personal journey. Please feel free to contact us at 716 847-2210 or e-mail

For information on grief support groups offered by the Catholic Cemeteries, contact Nancy Weil, Director of Grief Support at 716 873-6500 or email

PARENTING PACKET III:  Death and grief are inescapable.  Designed for parents who feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child.  Covers the range of children's responses to grief from 3 years old and younger through the teen years.  Very practical tools and life-giving suggestions are included not only to provide for a child but the adult who is also grieving the same loss.  Grief is an entire family experience.  Packet is helpful to all adults who are involved in the lives of children.  Please feel free to contact us at 716 847-2210 or email

In addition, this office works in collaboration with Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support Services at the Catholic Cemeteries.  For current program schedule of events visit their website  or contact Nancy Weil, at or 716 873-6500.  Grief Support Groups are available and Memorial services are held twice yearly.

Bereavement Hotline: 716-332-0202


BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a weekend adapted to the formerly married and meant for persons who have worked through the first stages of grief after death or separation/divorce of one’s spouse. The weekends in 2015 will be April 24 - 26, 2015 and October 16 - 18, 2015 at Camp Stella Maris, 4395 East Lake Road, Livonia, NY  14487 on Conesus Lake.  For more information call Stephen and Liz Wasczak at (585) 237-5155 (585)  or call the Beginning Experience information line at 585 987-1750 or e-mail


SERVICES & SUPPORT GROUPS for Men, Women and Children. 

MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS:  Group is open to women who have lost their mother through death at any point in their life.  Meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  Cost is $10. 

HEALING TENDER HEARTS (starts fall 2012):  Group for boys and girls under age 12 who have lost a family member.  Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Cost is $10 for first child and $5 for each subsequent child in family.

We offer individual and family counseling for men, women and children for grief related issues as well as depression, anxiety and parenting issues.  Educational and school based programs available upon request.

All services are held at our office:  4263 St. Francis Drive (Camp Road Rt. 75) Hamburg, NY 14075.  For information, please call ay Cummings, LCSW RN, Founder at 716 507-6281 or email

KIDS/TEEN GRIEF GROUP: Open to boys and girls age 5 and above who have lost a family member or a friend. Children are broken up into age appropriate groups. Program is free. Donations greatly appreciated. For more information, please call Day Cummings at 716 507-6281 or e-mail or

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