Bereavement Program

In a safe and supportive atmosphere, the Bereavement Program offers the grieving of Melrose and nearby communities the opportunity to come together, learn about the many facets of grief, acknowledge their loss, listen to others, support one another, pray together, remember their loved ones, accept different feelings, learn to cope and find a new role in life moving forward with hope.

Meeting Location:

Parish Center Living Room

Ministry Leader:

Patricia McConville


To support those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one.


- publicize program/contact bereaved
- listen in phone interview
- provide support and referrals
- create a safe, welcoming environment
- present topics, facilitate discussion, share resources
- provide refreshments
- be available for additional support


- some pastoral training, particularly in grief issues
- hospice and/or social work background helpful


Suggest archdiocesan course and/or hospice training

Time of Ministry:

Spring and Fall 6-week program.

Length of Commitment:

As available

Parish Address: 46 Myrtle Street, Melrose MA 02176
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