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End of Life Issues

Resources for Loved Ones Who Have Experienced the Death of a Family Member or Friend

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

Experiencing the terminal illness and/or death of a loved one is one of the most painful and difficult aspects of life. Knowing where to turn for information regarding grief and planning a Catholic funeral Mass can be an important source of comfort and help as you attempt to navigate this challenging time.

Your parish priests are always available to offer guidance and spiritual support. The links below provide some additional resources you may want to consider.

Planning the Funeral

Please phone the St Irene Rectory ( 978 - 369-3940 ) for information about funerals at St Irene parish.

The Sacred Heart parish in Quincy Massachusetts has a great deal of information on their website about planning for the Catholic liturgy of Christian burial. It includes suggestions for appropriate readings, music, and gospel readings.

Handling Grief

There are many people willing to help to through the healing process. They know loss, and have lived the pain and emotions you are currently experiencing. They are here to help.

Holy Family Parish, Concord

This is a support group open to all those who have lost a loved one. This ministry provides a social, supportive forum for those who are grieving and need to be heard and listened to in a non-threatening atmosphere as each person walks on his/her journey of coping with ‘loss’ in a healthy way. The group currently meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Smith at the Parish Office: 978-369-7442 or pastoralassociate@holyfamilyconcord.org.

St. Theresa of Lisieux Church, Billerica

St Theresa’s ministries bereavement and pregnancy loss support. Please phone the Parish Office at 978-663-8816 between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday for more information.

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, Waltham

The mission of the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents is to serve the spiritual needs of grieving parents whose children of any age have died by any cause; and help interested parents, as well as Clergy, Religious, and/or Spiritual Directors bring this ministry to their own parishes or regions.

Phone: 800-919-9332

Reflections on dealing with the loss of a loved one

The Ascension Catholic Community of Melbourne, Florida, has a discussion of the emotions, the challenges, and the reactions you will face as you grieve.


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