Grief & Bereavement

Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.

~ Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, 57

 

Have you suffered a loss? Below are some resources that may help you or a loved one find hope and healing amid the pain and suffering you may now be experiencing.

 

Bereavement

Counseling Services and a Grief Support Group are available through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford

Seasons of Hope Journal Series

Grieving with Great Hope DVD Series

CareNotes – Grief and Loss

Rainbows for Children: Guiding our Youth through the Storms of Life

Ten Tips for Dealing with Grief

 

…My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth….
Psalm 121:1-8

Divorce

Divorced Catholic

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide

CareNotes – Divorce

Rainbows for Children: Guiding our Youth through the Storms of Life

Counseling Services and a Grief Support Group are available through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford

 

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
My hope comes from him. …
Psalm 62:5-8

Miscarriage & Stillbirth

The Haven Network – Healing Hearts Parent Support Group

Mourning a Miscarriage – Prayers for a Couple Grieving the Death of Their Unborn Child

Suffering a Stillbirth or Newborn Death – Prayers for a Couple Grieving the Death of Their Child

Catholic Miscarriage Support

Miscarriage – ForYourMarriage.org

Solace and Strength in the Sorrow of Miscarriage

Loving Parents After Miscarriage

Blessing of Parents After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Diocese of Rockford Office of Catholic Cemeteries can assist with burial arrangements