Pastoral Care Ministry’s Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training this September

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Jennifer Mele under Pastoral Care Ministry
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This September, Pastoral Care Ministry will offer an 18 hour Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training  for parishioners currently working with the bereaved of a parish and/or who will be setting up a bereavement support group in the parish.

Topics include defining normal grief, identifying gender differences in grieving, discussing the impact of religion, spirituality and culture on grief/grieving, identifying coping mechanisms and destructive ways of coping, interviewing and screening participants, basics of facilitation, dealing with problem participants, experiencing and evaluating a mock group, identifying means of self-care for facilitators and bereavement resources. Training sessions include information on discernment and boundaries, presentations, interactive exercises, readings, prayer and reflection.

Each Bereavement Support Group should have 2 Co-Facilitators; thus, we encourage 2 appropriately screened people to be registered for the training, either both from the same parish or 2 from different parishes within the same vicariate.

Sessions are 9am – 3pm:
Friday, September 21
Friday September 28
Saturday, September 29

The training is held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. (Rt. 155), Latham, NY 12110.

 $100 program fee includes cost of book, hand-out material, morning refreshments and lunch.


Davia Boyle
Davia is a graduate of Maria College Bereavement Studies Program and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Maria College since 2010. She worked as a Bereavement Services Coordinator for a local funeral home for 8 years and has volunteered for Community Hospice, Wave Riders and facilitated Bereavement Support Groups, as well as workshops on grief management.

Margaret Syrett
Margaret became involved in Compassionate Friends, after the death of her son in 1980. She volunteered as a co-leader of their support groups for 22 years. She worked at Community Hospice of Schenectady as a Bereavement Coordinator for 6 years and at a local funeral home as a Bereavement Coordinator for 2 years, before retiring in 2002.

Pre-registration is required, space is limited.  Participants must be invited and pre-screened by Parish Leadership or Pastoral Care Coordinator (screening material available from Pastoral Care Ministry Office).

Registration deadline: 9/14/18.

All faith traditions welcome.

To register or information, please visit: ; email:  [email protected] or call (518) 641-6818.

Mission Statement

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Pastoral Care Ministry strives to identify, encourage and support the ongoing need for dignified and compassionate spiritual care of the sick, elderly, dying and bereaved. We embrace the gospel and our Diocesan vision statement “We are God’s people sharing a responsibility to witness God’s unconditional love and bring God’s healing presence to our world.”

This mission is expressed in offering formation & skill building training and ongoing enrichment/education opportunities for Pastoral Care Ministers & Bereavement Ministers, as well as days of reflection, and pastoral care resources for ministers to the sick, dying, bereaved, their staff and familial caregivers. Additionally, the office provides consultation, referrals and educational materials.

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