Bereavement Services

Our care and concern does not end with the funeral ceremony. We realize that hard times may follow, especially once family and friends have returned to their normal activities. 

Marge Banach, our Bereavement Support Coordinator, offers materials from our extensive lending library and provides recommendations for those interested in grief support groups or counselors.   There is no charge for her services.  Contact her for more information. 

Marge earned a B.A. in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut and has been awarded a certificate from the Saint Francis Academy for Advanced Clinical Pastoral Training at Saint Francis Hospital.  Marge continues to attend bereavement and pastoral seminars to further her knowledge and has completed graduate courses in the study of Theology.

Lending Library

We maintain a grief resource library that includes nationally recognized books, videotapes, audiotapes and brochures.  Topics include grief, bereavement, death of a parent, death of a child, children and death, grief in the workplace, terminal illness, sudden and traumatic death, suicide and homicide, and many others. Our library has a comfortable sitting area for visitors to browse the materials.

Holiday Remembrance Program

The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  We offer an annual holiday remembrance program of music, reflection, and fellowship on the first Saturday in December.  During the program, families are encouraged to hang ornaments decorated with reflective words on our memory tree. 

Cherish Our Children

A Walk to Remember the Child We Have Loved and Lost:

We sponsor a one-mile walk every October for families and friends who have experienced the loss of a child of any age. Guests register the child’s name and write a personal message on a card attached to a white carnation. After the walk the names are announced and carnations are placed on the base of an angel statue.  Inspirational music and messages, a dove release and refreshments and fellowship make this a day to remember.

Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory grief is a feeling of loss before a death occurs. It is often draining and confusing. "Grief work includes the processes that a mourner needs to complete before resuming daily processes," according to The National Cancer Institute.  Marge Banach, our Bereavement Support Coordinator provides resources and support to those who are experiencing anticipatory grief as death draws near.  Family members and school personnel have sought her guidance in selecting educational resources for families and finding additional support through referrals.

 Contact us for more information. 


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Bereavement Services