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Catholic Charities helped Nette find support while she was grieving

News of the Diocese

February 13, 2020

Catholic Charities helped Nette find support while she was grieving
Catholic Charities helped Nette find support while she was grieving

Although her husband, Ed, spent only spent one day at Holy Family Hospice in Parma before he died, Nette took comfort in the physical and spiritual care he received there.

“Ed was a very holy and compassionate man,” Nette said. “I believe that my husband’s life was in God’s hands only, and I wanted him to spend his last days on earth in God’s care and presence.”

After her husband’s death, Nette turned to the staff at Holy Family Hospice, a ministry of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, for support. The staff at Holy Family knew that their job of emotional healing continued after Ed’s passing and that Nette’s grief needed to be addressed.

“I used to cry all the time,” Nette said. But a call from Erin in Holy Family’s bereavement office boosted her spirits, and the two decided to meet weekly. “That was the beginning of my healing process,” Nette said.

She found that volunteering at Holy Family as a chapel assistant was another important step in the healing process. By helping patients and their loved ones to know that they aren’t alone -- that they are loved by God – Nette had a chance to give back with empathy and compassion.

“It is the most wonderful and amazing thing when one is doing something for others without expecting anything in return,” she said.

Volunteering is just as beneficial to her as it is to the people she helps, Nette said. “To me, Holy Family Hospice is a small but very welcoming community of God’s people. I was joyfully accepted with open arms, and everyone made me feel that I am no longer alone and that I belong.”

Nette encourages others to experience the fulfillment of sharing their time and talents. “Do you want to be alive and happy? Volunteer with love,” she said. “Volunteering is being thankful to God for all that we receive from him.”

She is one of the #FacesofHope in the Catholic Charities 2020 Annual Appeal. This year’s theme is “Though we are many, we are one in Christ.” The theme focuses on the idea that as the many parts of one body in Christ, we pray, comfort, help and serve one another as our Christian calling. As one body in Christ, we work together to respond to those in need throughout Northeast Ohio, regardless of their race or creed.

Donations to Catholic Charities help ministries like Holy Family Hospice.

“Together as leaders, we can change the faces of despair, loneliness, darkness and addiction into #FacesofHope,” said Patrick Gareau, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.

Catholic Charities’ programs focus on building a just and compassionate society – one that embraces sharing the gifts given to us by Christ so that we can better respond to the #FacesofHope across the diocese.

For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has worked to respond to all of those in need throughout Northeast Ohio.

After several record-setting years, the 2020 appeal goal is $13.5 million. The appeal is managed by the Catholic Community Foundation. It supports Catholic Charities’ ministries throughout Northeast Ohio, one of the region’s most significant health and human service providers. Annually, Catholic Charities assists more than 400,000 people in need as it addresses some of the most pressing social issues, including homelessness, addiction, families in crisis and care for the elderly.

For more information on this year’s appeal, to make a secure online donation or to view video stories of those helped by Catholic Charities, visit or call Karen Joyce, 216-696-6525, Ext. 1910.

A tutorial video to walk prospective donors through the new text-to-donate option can be viewed HERE or simply text CCHOPE to 41444 to give by using your smartphone.

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