Bereavement

Bereavement

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New Day Bereavement Program

In our effort to extend support and comfort to our families, we have established a new Bereavement outreach, which involves partnering with parishes interested in joining a Diocesan-wide consortium working together to offer the New Day Bereavement Program.

The New Day Program has distinguished itself for decades as a highly successful, faith - based, small group support program.
 
Program Specifics
New Day is a structured program, which includes prayer, scripture readings, journaling and sharing responses to directed questions in a confidential setting, based on The New Day Journal, by Mauryeen O’Brien, O.P. Trained volunteers serve as facilitators who accompany fellow parishioners on their journey from grief to healing.

  • Groups meet for 9 weeks for 1 ½ hours per week
  • Group size: 8 participants, 2 co-facilitators

Program Goals
Over the course of the 9 weeks, participants are guided to:

  • accept the reality of the loss
  • experience the pain of grief, and
  • find a way to remember the deceased in the midst of embarking on the rest of one’s journey through life

Program Philosophy
We rely on the comfort provided by our Lord, and the compassion extended by fellow participants, to meet the life-changing challenges presented by loss.
 
Parishes currently offering the New Day Program are:

As we continue our training initiative, we will add the contact information on additional parishes as they start to offer the program.
 
For further information, please contact:
Carolyn Killian
Director of Bereavement
Fairfield County Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT
(203)404-0023
carolyn.killian@ctcemeteries.org


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Can you be Volunteer Bereavement Facilitator?

In our effort to extend support and comfort to our families, we are partnering with parishes across the Diocese of Bridgeport to offer the New Day Bereavement Program. This is a structured program which includes prayer, scripture readings, journaling and sharing responses to directed questions in a confidential setting, based on The New Day Journal, by Mauryeen O’Brien, O.P.

Our need: We depend on individuals who are interested in being trained to serve as bereavement facilitators. Most volunteers have experienced loss in their own lives and want to accompany fellow parishioners on their journey from grief to healing. Bereavement groups meet for 90 minutes a week over nine weeks with up to eight participants and two co-facilitators.

Our goal: The facilitators help guide bereavement participants to:

  • accept the reality of their loss
  • experience the pain of grief
  • adjust to life without the deceased
  • find a way to remember the deceased in the midst of embarking on the rest of one’s journey through life

Next steps: If you feel drawn to help support fellow parishioners who are grieving, and would like to hear more about volunteering for this ministry, please contact:

For further information, please contact:
Carolyn Killian
Director of Bereavement
Fairfield County Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT
(203)404-0023
carolyn.killian@ctcemeteries.org

 
“The New Day Journal not only tells us what to expect in bereavement, but how to work through it from mere survival to healing and new excitement about life.”
Paula D’Arcy,
Author of When Your Friend is Grieving