Welcome to the Basilica's Ministry of Compassion page  (formerly Grief and Bereavement.)    Here you will find updates, news, and events pertaining to Grief and Bereavement support .  We hope you find it useful.

Since May, 2017, a dedicated working group of 6 parishioners, along with Father Noon, have been meeting to prepare the ground work for a meaningful support program for those individuals/families who have suffered a loss through death.

Memorial Mass:

The Ministry of Compassion committee: Father Noon, Deanna Stanley, Karol Stortz, Randy Fischer, Tamara Nugent, Nancy Peverly, and Mary Davidson-PiIon would like to thank all those who took part in the Memorial Mass on All Souls Day.  It was a very special evening with our beautiful choir helping us to find comfort in our very personal losses.  A thank you is also extended to the CWL  for preparing a lovely reception following the mass. 

Events:

There is a seminar at  the Chancery Office in Hamilton on Sunday, December 3  1:30-3:30,  exploring the topic of  "Coping with the Holidays" facilitated by Dr. Wendy Hoffman (Therapist & Director at Veritas Counselling Centre, Burlington Ontario).  There is no cost for this event, but please call the Chancery office to reserve a seat  (905) 528-7988 .   You can check the Hamilton Diocese website, or follow this link for more information:  

https://hamiltondiocese.com/uploads/docs/family-ministry/Coping%20with%2...

Resources:

For Children:

Tear Soup --A Recipe for Healing after Loss by Pat Schwieber

This is a family story book that centers around an old and somewhat wise woman, Grandy. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life and so she is headed to the kitchen to make a special batch of Tear Soup. To season her soup Grandy adds memories like the good times and the bad times, the silly and the sad times. She does not want to forget even one precious memory of her loss.

For Adults:

Praying our Goodbyes:  A Spiritual Companion Through Life's Losses by Joyce Rupp

A compassionate, spiritual work about soothing the sting of any kind of loss--a job change, the end of a friendship or of youth, or the death of a loved one. This thoughtful work focuses on the spirituality of change. Sister Joyce Rupp offers topics for reflection and discussion, as well as specific prayers, to heal the hurts of everyday life and death.

Continue to check this website link from time to time for more information.