Bereavement Ministry

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


Peace in the Mourning: A Christ Focused Widow's Retreat Sept. 22- 24

We welcome you to join us on a journey to a life filled with promise and peace. Relax as you rediscover the healing and rejuvenating power of Christ through the wisdom, richness, and truth of your Catholic faith. This retreat presents an opportunity to engage with other Catholic widows and offers a deep level of connection through the sacraments.

Jennifer Trapuzzano found herself to be a widow less than a year after being married and just a few weeks before their first daughter was to be born. As a faithful Catholic, Jennifer clung to Christ, who has carried her though many dark times.  Her hope is that through Peace in the Mourning, faithful widows can come together for hope and healing as they remember their beloved spouses. Peace in the Mourning is being made possible through the help of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Fr. Jim Farrell, Sr. Connie Kramer, Marilyn Hess, and generous donors throughout the diocese.

For more information or to register click here.

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Grieving Your 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.

September - October Sessions

If you are in need of consolation after losing a loved one, this Christ-centered faith sharing group offers prayer, scripture, faith sharing and fellowship. Come and be comforted.

St. Mary's, E 1331 Hunter Robbins Way, Greensburg, INEvening Sessions 6:30-8:30 - Mondays, September 11 through October 16, To register call 812-663-8427

St. Simon the Apostle, 8155 Oaklandon Road will offer six-week day and evening sessions. 

  • Daytime sessions 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Wednesday, September 13  then Tuesdays, September 19 through October 17

    Evening sessions 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursdays, September 14 through October 19

    Please choose either the afternoon or evening session, they are not interchangeable.  To gain the full benefit of the group process, participants commit to attend each week.  Both groups will meet in the St. Clare room. To register please contact Susan Cesnik (317) 443-3900 or

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.

Come Journey with Us: You Are Not Alone – Grieving Life’s Losses

The Eastside Catholic Community: Holy Spirit ~ Little Flower ~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~ St. Philip Neri, will be sponsoring a monthly support group for those who have suffered a loss of any kind – death, divorce, job, etc. If you feel lost, alone, or wonder if what you are going through is normal, please consider this a place to be with others who face similar grief or challenges.  Meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month beginning on August 10th at Holy Spirit Parish in the Parish Center, from 7-9pm.  For more information contact Peggy Clegg at 317-357-8352 or


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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