Bereavement Services

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens serves bereaved individuals regardless of faith or culture. Bereavement Services are offered on a one-to-one basis as well as in a support group setting. Bereavement Support Groups meet in parishes of the Diocese and some are Spanish-speaking groups.

Bereavement Support Groups

Expressing sorrow after experiencing a loss to others is the only way to begin integrating the often dangerous effects of sadness. Unresolved grief can manifest as anger, violence and sickness. Grief is central to the human experience. Jesus came to heal the broken hearted, and here in Catholic Charities Bereavement Services, we take that mission seriously. Many active Parish Bereavement Groups have been places where healing begins.

Support Groups provide a kind, personal encounter with others who are committed to creating a trusting, welcoming, non-judgmental environment.

Most of the groups are general Adult Bereavement Support Groups that meet in Catholic Churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens and are run by caring facilitators. Facilitators are volunteers who have committed to learning the best way to understand the unique process of each person’s pain.


Prayer Shawls

In the tradition of crocheting family "blankets or wraps," prayer shawls are knitted by individuals or a group who add different colors or patterns to complete the blankets or shawls. Knitting itself is said to be therapeutic to the knitter, but when the knitter(s) pray on behalf of specific individuals or for all who are suffering, the shawls represent shared suffering to lessen the pain as well as a community of caring. To learn more, click here.


Additional Resources

Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Brooklyn


For Information on Bereavement Services, please contact the Catholic Charities Office of Mission at 718-722-6113.

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