Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry provides assistance through retreats, conferences and peer support for those who have lost loved ones.

Ministry of Consolation: Building Comprehensive Grief Ministry Teams

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Catholic Center

1400 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Mission Day Follow-Up Opportunity

Please join us for an evening of bereavement ministry networking.  The Mission Day Planning Team, representing eight parishes from the four deaneries, will address questions and concerns, share ideas and resources, and open discussion on the workshop evaluation question: How can the Archdiocese further assist you in developing or enhancing a Comprehensive Grief Ministry Team for your parish?



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Grieving You Way into Life Again - for all who suffer a loss

October 28-29 - Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House

Sr. Connie Kramer, SP, Marilyn Hess, and Fr. Jim Farrell

Join us in taking steps towards leaving some of the pain of grief behind and move into healing under the gentle guidance of those well acquainted and trusted in grief work.

Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House

5353 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46226

Phone: (317) 545-7681 General email:


Seasons of Hope - Christ Centered Grief Support

SOH is a bereavement ministry centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of our Catholic Church. This program illustrates how to develop a faith sharing ministry for those who have lost loved ones and find themselves having difficulty moving beyond their grief. The program offers six weekly sessions exploring mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection and sharing.

If you would like information on beginning a Seasons of Hope program in your parish or deanery please contact Deb Van Vel se at or 317-236-1586.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group

HOPE AND HEALING -St. Mark Catholic Church offers a monthly support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, or struggle with thoughts of suicide, or seek to understand the causes and prevention of suicide.  The meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.PLEASE CALL FOR CURRENT MEETING LOCATION.

SPREAD YOUR WINGS - A children's support group, ages 9 to 17 years is held at the same time, same location, different room.

For information on either group please call Judy Proctor (317) 851-8344 or visit Hope and Healing SOS.


Support and Resources

State and National Resources

Indianapolis Area Resources

If you need assistance finding a support group in the Indianapolis area, or would like additional information please contact, Deb Van Velse, Divorce and Bereavement Ministries Coordinator for additional information at 317-236-1586 or

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