For Healing: Bereavement and Divorce
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. There are a number of grief support groups throughout the diocese.
Contact Maryanne Hubert, Director of Bereavement Support Services at the Catholic Cemeteries for information about grief support groups and current program schedule of events www.buffalocatholiccemeteries.org or (716)873-5680.
Bereavement Hotline: 716-332-0202
RELATED PROGRAMS FOR HEALING
BEGINNING EXPERIENCE: is a weekend created to help people who have worked through the first stages of grief after death or separation/divorce of one's spouse. For more information check out the website at www.beginningexperience.org or call (585)987-1750.
Separation and Divorce are very painful situations and best not traveled alone. Connect with the services of Catholic Charities for marital and spiritual counseling (716) 839-4406.
Online Support Groups
While as a diocese we currently have no in-person divorce support group, there are online resoures:
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith is an organization making outreach to families in crisis. The initial mission is to families and individuals affected by divorce and separation.
We host a monthly on-line support group for
- Individuals and Families Affected by Divorced/Separation
- Adult Children of Divorce
The group for the divorced is the FIRST TUESDAY of each month held on-line. The time is 8 – 9 p.m. EST.
The group for Adult Children of Divorce is the LAST THURSDAY of the month held on-line. The time is 8 – 9 p.m. EST. Must be 18 or older to attend.
To get connected to these groups participants must go to www.nonnatus.org to the first page of the site and get the sign-on link to attend.
Another Catholic online group that provides resources, workshops and support for this time in your life. https://divorcedcatholic.com/
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 716 633-7786 or e-mail BJWTR@aol.com.
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 helps ease the stress of putting together the necessary information. For more information or to register call Barb Wyse at 716-633-7786 or by email: BJWTR@aol.com.
CROSSROADS: Crossroads is a Catholic Community of single adults, forty years and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. Anyone interested in knowing more about this organization, membership information, to receive a news letter, or general questions. please call Sharon at 716-693-5923.