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Grief Support Programs

Nancy Weil
Director of Grief Support

Hope after Heartache: Tools for Living with Loss

A grief support group designed to provide you with the support you need and the tools to help you cope.

First and Third Monday of the month

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga

First and third  Tuesday of the month
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery Office, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore

Bereavement Lecture Series 

Professional Therapy During Bereavement
Tuesday, April 21
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Mount Olivet Cemetery 

Many people wonder whether working with an individual therapist can assist with adjustments to grief and loss. This program will address factors that contribute to a person's decision to engage in individual counseling following a loss, what to expect during a session, growth opportunities available through such a process and how to identify when individual therapy might also be able to assist you in working through life changes.  Presenter James Rusk, LCSW, is the Executive Director of CMH Counseling in the city of Buffalo.

Passionate Living
Monday, May 18
4:00 - 5:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Gonzaga 

It can be difficult to find your way following a loss, yet grief can actually be your pathway to a richer life. Presenter Catherine Miller has put into practice this way of life following the death of her own brother last year.  Her career has spanned the world of media as the owner/publisher of an internationally acclaimed magazine, producer and host of a national television show, taught workshops internationally to inspire participants to "fall in love with your life"and her work has been published worldwide. 

Finding Your New Normal: Living Day by Day
Tuesday, June 16
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Mount Olivet Cemetery

As the grief journey persists, we are often times challenged by returning to the norm that doesn't feel so normal any more.  How is it possible to live a new version of a life you miss so deeply, without the significance of your loved one's presence? We will discuss a variety of coping strategies that can support your process in finding the new normal, as well as deal with the emotional suffering that sometimes traps us. Presenter Michelle Marabella, LMHC, is a grief therapist in private practice and worked at Hospice Buffalo for over 18 years.

Kay Rich presenting Music & Memories: A Service to Remember Those we Love

As we experience the pain of change, we stop to remember love.  At our bereavement services, we welcome those who are grieving to join together to remember, deepen our faith and to find support and hope during the heartache.

Thursday, April 16 
6:30 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery

Saturday, April 18
1:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Cemetery

The service will feature inspiring songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those we have loved. Poems and pieces will be interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your loved one's name. 
Reserve your spot by calling Mount Olivet Cemetery at 873-6500 or Holy Cross Cemetery at 823-1197 by April 8 to have your loved one's name (limit 3) listed in the program book.

Heavenly Hearts Choir
Mount Olivet Cemetery
4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore
Monthly at 5:30 p.m.
Singing lifts us to a place where we feel better. Call for information on how you can join this wonderful group. 

Fifth Tuesday Potluck Dinner
Call for date of next dinner
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore
$8 to cover the cost of dinner – bring a dessert or drink to share
Reservations required:  873-6500

Carolyn Zimmermann leading drum circleDrum4Health Drum Circle 
Please call for date of next program.

Drumming has been shown to be a great way to release pent up emotions from the pain of grief. Open to all ages. Facilitated by Carolyn Zimmermann

BOND – Bridging Out in New Directions

A social support group for those who are grieving. Take part in various activities with men and women who share similar thoughts and experiences.

Next Step Dinner Club
Held monthly at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call Nancy Weil, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500

Public Presentations

Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo has professional staff that is available to address your group free of charge. We have a variety of topics we regularly present from funeral and burial options to “Simply Live, Simply Love.” Please call if you need a speaker at your next community function or for additional topics available.