Bereavement

Our Ministry to the Bereaved will always strive to bring comfort and healing no matter the source or manifestation of grief. Validating the reality of every individual who comes to us, we will serve, to the best of our ability, whenever and wherever we are needed, with the help of God."

For information on any of the following, or to participate in this ministry, please contact Stephany Crane at 410-974-4366.

Serving the Bereaved at the Time of Death:

We offer:
  • Assistance in planning the funeral liturgy
  • Readers, altar servers, Extraordinary ministers for the funeral as needed
  • Help with hospitality for a reception after the funeral
  • Compassionate listening and supportive presence
  • Information about grief and suggestions to help families through the hard work of mourning
  • Links with other support ministries and referrals as needed

Serving through the time of Bereavement:

We offer:

  • An evening of prayer and remembrance each November to honor our deceased loved ones
  • Bereavement education/support groups open to the community at large:  Ongoing group meets monthly offsite.  Intensive 8-week group meets each fall and spring.
  • One-on-one companioning
  • A library of material on grief-related subjects

And specifically for those suffering pregnancy loss:

We also offer:

  • Blessing of parents
  • Special remembrance services for unbaptized children (There is no time limit for these services, and no constraints regarding the length of your pregnancy.  You have a right to grieve the loss of your baby whether your child died at 2 months, 6 months, or full term.)

SUPPORT GROUPS and MORE

Facilitators:  Marlene Monaghan and Stephany Crane

Contact:  Stephany Crane, 410-974-4366

Finding Our Way
1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoons
Offsite
 
Find ongoing fellowship for the long-term everyday challenges of bereavement.
 
FALL Bereavement Education / Support Group
Thursdays, September 26 through November 14, 2019
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Conference Room
 

Find support and comfort, and learn about the hard work of grief in this 8 week offering. We use Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book, Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing in your Heart.
Cost for the book, $25. (But no one will be turned away for inability to pay.)

Service of Prayer and Remembrance
Sunday, November 3, 2019
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Church

Join us as we support and pray for one another, and remember and celebrate the lives of our deceased loved ones. Their names will be read aloud during the prayer service. In addition, we will lovingly display photos and mementos of them in the sanctuary. You are invited to bring a photo or memento with you on the evening of the service. It will be suitably cared for, and returned to you before you leave.

Spring Daytime Bereavement Education / Support Group
Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22, 2020
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Conference Room