Bereavement Ministries

Bereavement Ministry
Rooted in the Gospel invitation to share in the healing mission of Jesus Christ, the Office of Family Life provides support to clergy, pastoral ministers and volunteers who minister to those who have lost a loved one. Parish Bereavement Support Groups are available throughout the diocese and no registration is required. 

For those in the initial stages of grief, meetings are held once a week for six to eight consecutive weeks. Pre-registration is required unless otherwise noted. There is also a once a month program for those who are seeking additional support.  

Lazarus Ministry
This ministry is designed to provide immediate support for a family following the death of a loved one. First responders call the family with condolences on behalf of the parish community and make arrangements for a home visit. The Office of Family Life assists the Lazarus Parish Coordinators and volunteers.

Bereavement Trainings - October 12th & November 8th, 2019

Learn how to start and provide a church-based bereavement program of care for those who experience loss.  Anyone interested in learing more about this important ministry is invited to attend either training.

Trainings will be held at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  There is a fee of $30.00 to attend which will include lunch.

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For more information, please contact Crisitina D'Averso-Collins at or 732-562-2478.