Bereavement Ministry

Honoring the Seasons of Grief
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Losing a loved one can be a painful and lonely journey. This grief journey elicits a host of emotions, feelings, thoughts and reactions.  Grief does not require being fixed, cured or remedied.  It is a natural, normal and necessary response to loss.  It requires us to honor it.  This FREE educational and supportive seminar for grieving adults will offer:

  • an understanding of grief and the grief process;
  • approaches toward healing from our losses; and
  • ways to honor our grief experience with the rhythms and changes of the seasons.

vl8yopi6j2tt2wy5y43kymhnill.jpgAbout the Presenter: Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses, LLC an organization that is committed to offering services of education, training and support to those who are grieving and those who companion them. She is a social worker with over 25 years of experience in health care supporting individuals and families from diagnosis through end of life and bereavement.  She has companioned adults and children in individual, support group, workshop and retreat settings, focusing on enhancing one’s holistic well-being.  In addition, she serves as the Executive Director for Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, providing grief support to children and families coping with an array of losses. Her personal experience of loss as a child and adult has given Melissa insight into the impact grief has on individuals, families and friends.

Complete the following online registration today or contact Mary at (262) 786-3671 for more information. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Walk-ins welcome.

Honoring the Seasons of Grief Registration

September 24, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 pm
at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
12700 W. Howard Ave. New Berlin, WI 53151


Bereavement ministry is a ministry of presence based on companioning one another through the difficult losses in life.  Already bereavement offers funeral assistance, regular follow-up after a funeral, grief support groups, participation in the Mass of Remembrance on November 2 each year, and seminars which are educational and supportive.  A possible future expansion of the ministry may be a prayer shawl ministry.  You are invited to extend your love and compassion in serving others who are grieving.

Date:  2nd Wednesday every other month
Time:  9:30 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Room/ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Contact: Pam Westmont, 414-543-5970, or send us a message

Please see the areas below for specific volunteering opportunities:

Funeral Assistance

Volunteers from bereavement ministry primarily serve as parish representatives and resource people during funerals at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. They assist family members and funeral directors during visitations and funerals but are not involved in funeral planning or one-on-one support.  They help at funerals by working from a checklist with basic tasks such as unlocking doors, turning on lights and heat, acting as greeters, and returning the facility to original order when finished.

Date:  as needed whenever funerals are held at Seton
Time:  varies
Location: Gathering Area and Sanctuary
Contact: Pam Westmont, 414-543-5970, or send us a message

Funeral Follow-up

Volunteers mail sympathy cards to families immediately after the funeral, a letter three-months after the funeral with grief support information, and a sympathy card at the one-year anniversary.  In addition, a follow-up call is made after the three-month mailing with an invitation to the grief support groups.

Date:  following funerals held 
Location: this ministry can be done from home
Contact for Mailings:  Bev McCarthy, 414-545-0519, or send us a message
Contact for Follow-Up Calls: Rita Capriolo, 262-782-6341, or send us a message

Grief Support Groups

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Holy Apostles Parishes collaborate to offer “Companions on the Journey” grief support groups for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Both groups offer an opportunity for bereaved people to share their stories of grief in a safe and supportive environment while growing in their understanding of the grieving process. Two trained volunteers share the facilitation of each group meeting.

Date: 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Holy Apostles Welcome Center - Barnabas Room
       - OR -
Date:  3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Reflection Room/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Contact: Rita Capriolo, 262-782-6341, or send us a message

Mass of Remembrance – All Soul’s Day, November 2

Volunteers from bereavement ministry help with the mailing to families who had funerals at Seton in the past year and serve in a variety of capacities during the Mass.

Date: November 2
Time: 6:30 PM (except November 2 falls on a Saturday, then it is at 5:00 PM)
Contact: Pam Westmont, 414-543-5970, or send us a message

Seminars – Educational/ Supportive

The bereavement ministry offers educational and supportive seminars for the entire parish about practical aspects of funerals as well as the grieving process.  Members contact possible presenters, organize the practical details, publicize the event, and serve as hosts during the event.

Contact:  Rita Capriolo, 262-782-6341, or send us a message



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