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 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.
Surviving Divorce-- Online Course
Sacred Steps to Peace
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.
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:
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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