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Loss of Child

Support Groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child

The needs of those who have suffered the loss of a child are special. One of those needs is to share the pain with others who have experienced this very difficult kind of grief. Our support groups are led by trained facilitators - parents who have personally experienced the death of a child.The Family Life Office sponsors three support groups for Parents Who Have Lost a Child. There is hope. There is help. It is possible to survive even this loss. For the locations & times of the Bereaved Parents Support Groups, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at (973) 497-4327 

Bereaved Parents Support Group- Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month

St. Peter the Apostle RC Church
Rectory Basement
445 Fifth Avenue
River Edge, NJ 07661
201-261-3366
7:30pm to 9:30pm
No pre-registration required & no fee

Please contact the parish first to see if a group is still meeting since the covid pandemic has halted many ministries that may or may not have restarted.

Annual Liturgy for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child

To further support the needs of grieving parents, the Family Life Office offers an Annual Liturgy for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child. Parents, their families and friends are invited to attend a special Mass, often held on the Friday evening before Mother’s Day. A full day annual retreat, A Day of Comfort and Hope, is offered for parents who have lost a child.

A Morning of Healing: For Perinatal Loss is offered for parents who have suffered the loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death. Please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at (973) 497-4327

Resources:
 

Archdiocesan Bereavement Parents Support Groups

Perinatal Loss Resource List

 

Contact Us

Office of Family Life Ministries
Phone: 973-497-4327
Fax: 973-497-4317
familylife@rcan.org
 
Brian Caldwell                               
Director                                                            
973-497-4324                                                  
 
Jennifer Ferraioli
Associate Director, Marriage Preparation
973-497-4328
 
Yamilka Genao, M.E., M.A.P.M.
Associate Director                       
Pastoral Familiar Hispana
Planificación Natural de la Familia (PNF)
 
John Kalinowski                              
Coordinator, Ministry of Loss & Healing                                                          
973-497-4327