Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry for St. Lawrence O’Toole provides Bereavement Support Group sessions several times during the year. The purpose of the group sessions is to give each participant an opportunity to share with others who are grieving, to learn about the process of grief and to receive support from each other in the context of this Christian based ministry.

The support group sessions are led by trained parishioners who have completed the Archdiocesan training program as facilitators in Pastoral Bereavement Ministry. The facilitators want to provide you with a supportive and safe environment to encourage dialogue and share ideas.

Some of the goals of our group are to help the participants to:

  • Understand the normal grief reaction
  • Move through grief at one’s own pace
  • Work toward building satisfying new lives
  • Learn to treasure their own memories while they build new traditions
  • Renew their resources for living
  • Acknowledge and understand their losses
  • Adjust to lives without their loved ones

If you are interested in learning more about our group sessions, upcoming group sessions or volunteering to become a member of this ministry, please contact George Waters: 845-279-3096 or at

Peri-Natal Bereavement

The grieving process for the loss of a baby through a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Newborn loss is similar but different than other types of loss. We have a monthly support group for woman who have experienced this type of loss. 

The group meets the 2nd Monday of each month in the St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish Center Lounge from 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm. Prior registration is required.

Please call Donna Iazzetti on 845-803-6367 for more information.