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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 – 8:30 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery Office, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore

Lazarus Lecture Series (Below)
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery Office                  

Kay Rich presenting

Take Control of Your Grief
Tuesday, September 16th                          

There are certain spots on your body related to grief. By learning how to manipulate these points, you can help to heal and balance your emotional pain. Licensed Massage Therapist Cassandra Butler has used this ancient technique on thousands of clients and knows how effective it can be.  She delights in sharing this self-massage tool with others.

The Three “N”s of Emotions
Tuesday, October 21st              

It can be difficult to handle the strong emotions that grief brings. By understanding the three “N”s of the emotions you can identify and work with them.  Notice your feelings, Neutralize the unhealthy ones and discover how you may be Numbing the rest. Create new positive ways of addressing your emotions with Licensed Massage Therapist and Reflexologist Bonnie Roesch, owner of Wellness That Works.

Handling the Holidays
Tuesday, November 18th                                  

Note: Also presented on Mon. Nov. 17th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Aloysius Gonzaga

The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. You may be facing the realization that a loved one is no longer present to enjoy the celebrations. The sadness overshadowing Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Grief does not go away just because the holidays arrive and, in fact, the feelings may intensify. Explore ways that you can make it through the season and incorporate your loved one’s memory into your holiday plans. 

Remembrance Services

Certain times of the year prompt memories of your loved one. The Catholic Cemeteries recognizes this and offers memorial services where families can join together in prayer, song and remembrance. 

Furever in My Heart Pet Remembrance Service
Sunday, October 5th 
2:00 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery

As part of our grief support programs, we recognize the pain that accompanies the loss of a beloved pet and the need to have this heartache recognized. Through music, poems and stories we will celebrate the unconditional love they gave to us. Reservations received by Sept. 29th will have your pet’s name included in our program book and read at the service (limit 3)  All people are welcome to join us, but please leave your current pets at home. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call Nancy Weil, Director of Grief Support, 873-6500.  

Holiday Remembrance Service
Sunday, December 7th 

2:00 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery

You are invited to attend a spiritually uplifting program to remember your loved ones during the holiday season. Presented by the Center for Excellence in End of Life Education and the Catholic Cemeteries. Reserve your spot by calling Mount Olivet Cemetery at 873-6500 or Holy Cross Cemetery at 823-1197.

Heavenly Hearts Choir 

Mount Olivet Cemetery
4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore
Monthly at 6:30 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
Tuesday, September 30th 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore
$8 to cover the cost of dinner – bring a dessert or drink to share
Reservations required:  873-6500

Drum4Health Drum Circle Carolyn Zimmermann leading drum circle
Call for next date
1:00 p.m.
Mount Olivet Cemetery office

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.

Call for a list of upcoming events

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.