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Hope & Healing

Lord, my God, I call out by day; at night I cry aloud in your presence.  Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry; For my soul is filled with troubles; my life draws near to Sheol.                                                                                                                                                      - Psalm 88:1-4

Bereavement and Grief Support

Bereavement support is offered at several locations in the Catholic Cemeteries Association system.  Including "Drop in"  support groups. 

There are parishes throughout the Diocese that also offer bereavement support groups that provide structured sessions. social support and we now have parishes that are working with Red Bird Ministries to offer support for those with pregnancy, infant or child loss.

Grieving with Great Hope by John and Sandy O'Shaughnessy 

Some folks may not choose to attend a group, this is a Video Resource online through "Formed" which offers a study guide and leader guide that a grieving person can be directed to for personal use.  A pastoral leader can also use this resource on their own at a parish to run a group at a parish. 

In addition, Grief, Day by Day, a book written by Jan Warner offers practical tips and guidance for living with loss in an easy to read format. 

During Advent, parishes may offer a Blue Christmas Prayer Service. This may be of great comfort to those who have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief. We have created a Blue Christmas toolkit to help with hosting this type of service. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like some help finding counselors or bereavement support groups.

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We have a Lord who is capable of crying with us, capable of walking with us in the most difficult moments of life. - Pope Francis

Separated or Divorce Recovery


  • SmartLoving has an online Breakthrough course that can help.
  • Restore Catholic has helpful online courses for communication as well as recovery from an affair.


  • Read "A Gift of Self" by Maria Pia Campanella.
  • If that book is helpful for you, join a discussion group.
  • Contact us. We can connect you with someone you can talk to.  


  • The parishes in Lake & Geauga counties work together to offer ongoing support groups. Visit their website Lake Geauga Divorced and Separated Ministry to learn about their upcoming support groups, resources and programs.  
  • Read  "Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends" by Drs. Bruce Fisher and Robert Alberti.
  • Email Terri if you would be willing to lead a book study support group at your parish.  No experience is needed. We will train you and provide the resources!

Surviving Divorce-- Online Course 

  • Ascension Presents with Rose Sweet
  • Catholic Divorce support in the privacy of your home
  • CLICK HERE  to be taken to their Website.

Sacred Steps to Peace

  • A divorce recovery program that helps facilitate the healing process.
  • Please fill out the form below to receive information on Sacred Steps meetings. 

Sign up Form

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Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. - Pope Francis


The Tribunal of the Diocese of Cleveland offers a program for beginning the annulment process. The First Step Program is meant to provide individuals with a simplified method for the initial presentation of a case to the Tribunal.  

Additional resources for those who are separated include the book "The Gift of Self", Retrouvaille and other programs that assist with healing, reconciliation, and rebuilding of relationships.

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Looking for help with Addiction?

Many parishes offer AA or NA meetings and Catholic Charities has multiple therapeutic treatment providers in North East Ohio. The Intake phone number is 1-800-860-7373.  Please reach out for support.

For a little more background, Start Your Recovery is a groundbreaking website developed by bringing together experts in substance misuse treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. You can learn more about us here. Through this resource, members of your community can:

Domestic Violence or Difficult Times

Need immediate help? Text "4HOPE" to 741-741

Locally, we have Catholic Charities and they have a central intake line that can be reached between 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, 1-800-860-7373. They offer too many services to be listed here, but please visit their website.

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network is available to help if you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Violence. Please click here if you have questions or are in need of support. 

The Ohio CareLine has been developed as an emotional support call service. Behavioral health professionals staff the CareLine 24/7.  This is confidential and can help connect callers to additional services. Call 1-800-720-9616

Catholics for Family Peace has a downloadable toolkit of resources for parishes. Click HERE to visit their website..


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